Broadway will officially re-open on Sept. 14 at 100 percent capacity, a little more than 18 months after its shutdown on March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Broadway League recently announced the news. Also, Broadway officials said that ticket sales to select productions will begin on Thursday, May 6.
“Nothing beats Broadway,” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said. “The theater owners, producers, and other League members will continue to work with the New York State Department of Health and the Governor to coordinate the industry’s return and the related health and safety protocols required to do so.”
Producers will announce anticipated dates for each returning and new Broadway production, on a show-by-show basis. Officials encourage theatergoers to visit www.broadway.com for updated information about show times and performances as announcements come in.
Officials initially suspended Broadway performances due to COVID-19 on March 12, 2020. At that time, 31 productions were open, including eight new shows in previews. Also, eight productions were rehearsing, preparing to open in the spring.
“Broadway is a major part of our state’s identity and economy, and we are thrilled that the curtains will rise again,” Cuomo tweeted.
Cuomo said it would be up to individual producers to decide whether they want to require patrons to receive vaccines as a precaution. However, he strongly encouraged it, “The Wall Street Journal” reported.
“I think it would be a safer environment for people to go to,” he said.