As New York Reopen, Broadway Shows Plan Their Return in September 2021
Posted: May 07, 2021
As vaccines continue to be introduced in New York City, Broadway shows are expected to return in September 2021. As of May 2021, more than a third of New Yorkers had been completely vaccinated. Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared that the city will reopen on July 1st, with the exception of Broadway theaters. Although no official date has been set for the reopening of Broadway shows, experts believe September 2021 will be the target date.
In June 2021, tickets for Broadway shows will go on sale. The maximum number of people who can attend a performance has yet to be determined. Some predict that shows will start with a volume of 75% and increase to 100% by 2022. However, most of it is reliant on vaccine and Covid info. Furthermore, attendance protocols have yet to be developed, though many anticipate the use of masks and social distancing indoors.
The issue for reopening with a smaller audience is that many Broadway shows are only profitable when they are sold out or almost sold out. Some believe that if the capacity limit is raised to 75%, certain shows will lose money and be forced to cancel.
Furthermore, the air filtration devices in many Broadway theaters are outdated. As a result, everybody in the crowd, including the performers, is put in danger. The cost of replacing the HVAC system in a Broadway theater is heavy, and some are hoping for federal funds to help. The upgrade of air filtration systems in Broadway theaters has yet to be officially announced.
The idea of asking audience members to provide proof of vaccines has been discussed. The Broadway League has not issued an official statement on the subject, despite the fact that many sporting events and other venues, such as the Lincoln Center, require proof of vaccination. Many theaters will take temperature at the door and encourage audience members to watch performances wearing masks.
One of the shows that will reopen in September 2021 is Exotique Men, a well-known troupe of NYC male strippers. "We've suffered huge losses, but we're optimistic about the future," a company spokesperson said. The company's future is unclear since many people have left the city and tourism is at an all-time low. "People continue to abandon Manhattan for more spacious living spaces, and the number of visitors continues to decline," the spokesperson said. "We remain optimistic about the future, however, because New York is resilient and perseveres in the face of adversity."
When more New Yorkers get vaccinated, there is a good possibility that Broadway theaters will reopen in September 2021. Many people assume that popular Broadway shows will be able to return once the proper protocols are in place. Vaccine reports, as well as official recommendations from the mayor and governor, will have to be awaited by performers, crew, owners, and audience members.
Many people assume that popular Broadway shows will be able to return once the proper protocols are in place. Vaccine reports, as well as official recommendations from the mayor and governor, will have to be awaited by performers, crew, owners, and audience members.
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