Thursday, December 2, 2021

Reopening

Theater district restaurants cautiously welcome back diners

Patrons are returning to restaurants in the theater district, but owners are still cautious about returning to full hours of operation.  Theater district standbys such...

Broadway posts record grosses during Thanksgiving week

Broadway had its highest grossing week on record this season, as the industry welcomed Thanksgiving Day crowds.  The 33 shows performing in the week ended...

Broadway posts second-highest grosses this season

Broadway shows collectively grossed $25.1 million last week, in the second highest grossing week on record this season.  Attendance across 32 shows in the week...

Broadway, touring productions set new COVID-19 testing rates

Broadway productions and touring companies have set new minimum requirements for COVID-19 testing based on the number of cases in the area.  Productions are now...

Broadway grosses hit new high

Last week, Broadway grosses reached their highest level recorded this season.  Collective grosses for the week ended Nov. 14 reached $25.6 million as the industry...

Return of international tourists may help lift Broadway box offices

Broadway may soon get a boost from international travelers and the ability of children to get vaccinated.  On Monday, the U.S. lifted its international travel...

‘Chicken & Biscuits’ cancels Broadway performances due to COVID-19 cases

"Chicken & Biscuits" will cancel three performances this week due to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in the Broadway company.  Performances are cancelled from Nov. 9...

Broadway grosses bounce back after Halloween week

Broadway grosses rebounded last week, as the industry came out of a holiday period and added three new productions. Industrywide grosses reached $22.85 million across...

Broadway grosses fall $2.5 million during Halloween week

Broadway grosses took a $2.5 million hit last week, even with one more production added to the weekly totals. The 27 shows running last week...

Broadway shows filled 85% of all seats last week, League says

The Broadway League shared a snapshot of the industry's grosses Wednesday, saying that 85% of seats across all operating Broadway theaters were filled last...

Broadway ticket buyers make more last-minute decisions

As Broadway shows reopen, theatergoers are waiting longer to buy tickets.  Unlike prior seasons, many ticket buyers are purchasing Broadway tickets one to two weeks...

‘Aladdin’ cancels Broadway performances through Oct. 10 due to more COVID-19 cases

“Aladdin” on Broadway has cancelled performances from Oct. 1 through Oct. 10 due to additional COVID-19 cases in the company. The production had initially cancelled...

Broadway extends audience mask, vaccination requirement through 2021

Broadway will extend the mask and vaccination requirement for audiences through the end of the year, the Broadway League announced Friday.  Under the regulations, audience...

‘Aladdin’ will resume Broadway performances after COVID-19 cases

The Broadway production of "Aladdin" announced it will resume performances Thursday, a day after the cancellation of a performance due to COVID-19 cases in...

‘Aladdin’ on Broadway cancels performance due to COVID-19 cases

"Aladdin" canceled its Wednesday evening performance due to positive COVID-19 cases in the Broadway company. The cancellation comes a day after the Disney Theatrical production...

‘Girl From the North Country’ announces complete cast for Broadway return

The producers of “Girl From the North Country” have announced the full cast for its return to Broadway. Returning to the cast are Todd Almond,...

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ announces cast for Broadway return

Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender have announced the complete cast for the Broadway return of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." Returning to their...

Heidi Blickenstaff, Morgan Dudley join Broadway cast of ‘Jagged Little Pill’

Heidi Blickenstaff will join the Broadway cast of “Jagged Little Pill,” producers announced Thursday.  Blickenstaff will play the lead role of Mary Jane Healy, which...

Broadway League launches ‘This Is Broadway’ campaign

On Monday the Broadway League launched a new campaign to welcome audiences back to Broadway as productions reopen after 18 months of shutdown. The outreach...

What happens if someone tests positive for COVID on Broadway?

No one wants to talk about it, but it could happen: Someone involved in a Broadway production tests positive for COVID-19. In the run-up to...

Broadway sets terms for prorated pay for actors, stage managers

Actors' Equity and the Broadway League have negotiated additional terms for the industry's reopening, including an allowance for prorated weekly pay.  If a Broadway production...

‘Pass Over’ moves to earlier opening date on Broadway

"Pass Over" will now open three weeks earlier than previously announced.  The production, which is the first play on Broadway since March 2020, will open...

Beanie Feldstein to star in Broadway revival of ‘Funny Girl’

Beanie Feldstein will star in a revival of "Funny Girl" on Broadway this spring.  This is the first Broadway revival of the 1964 musical and...

Broadway shows will not report grosses this season

Broadway shows will not publicly report grosses for the 2021-2022 season, the Broadway League said Monday.  The decision was made "based on many factors," according...

‘West Side Story’ will not return to Broadway

The 2020 revival of "West Side Story" will not return to Broadway, producer Kate Horton said Monday. Bringing back the revival was "not a practical...

Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada to return to ‘Hadestown’ on Broadway

"Hadestown" has announced its returning Broadway cast, including stars Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Amber Gray will return as Persephone and...

‘Waitress’ announces Broadway cast joining Sara Bareilles

"Waitress" has announced casting for the musical's return engagement starring Sara Bareilles. In addition to Bareilles, the musical will star Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter,...

IATSE issues statement in support of vaccination for members

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees urged its members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 after the Broadway League set an industrywide mandate last...

‘Wicked’ set to relaunch touring market for Broadway shows

"Wicked" will be the first national tour to resume performances when it plays its first show in Dallas Tuesday.  The production was one of many...

Broadway theaters will require audience members to be vaccinated, masked

All 41 Broadway theaters will require audience members to show proof of vaccination for entry.  Audience members must wear masks while inside the theater, except...

Broadway League, Actors’ Equity set vaccine mandate, safety protocols for Broadway casts

The Broadway League and Actors’ Equity announced safety protocols for Broadway productions Thursday that require cast and crew members to be fully vaccinated against...

‘Hamilton’ announces cast for Broadway reopening

Miguel Cervantes will return to star in “Hamilton” on Broadway this fall.  Cervantes will star opposite Jin Ha as Aaron Burr, Krystal Joy Brown as...

The original Broadway cast of ‘Six’ will return with the production

The original Broadway cast of "Six" will return to the production this fall.  The cast features Adrianna Hicks as Catherine of Aragon, Andrea Macasaet as...

CDC recommends masks for vaccinated individuals indoors

The Centers for Disease Control recommended Tuesday that vaccinated individuals wear masks inside public places in areas with high COVID-19 case rates.  The recommendation applies...

‘Merry Wives’ at the Delacorte Theater cancels third performances after COVID-19 case

"Merry Wives" at the Delacorte Theater cancelled its third performance Friday to allow the production more time to rehearse following a positive COVID-19 case...

Actors’ Equity forecasts change with opened membership program

Several hundred potential members expressed an interest in joining Actors' Equity Wednesday, hours after the union opened up eligibility to all professional actors and...

Actors’ Equity opens union membership to all professional actors, stage managers

Actors' Equity announced sweeping changes to its membership program that will allow any professional actor or stage manager to join the union. The change, announced...

‘Pass Over’ announces COVID-19 policies as first play reopening Broadway

When "Pass Over" begins previews Aug. 4, the production will require audience members to provide proof of vaccination. The policy comes after careful study from...

‘Dana H.,’ ‘Is This a Room’ to play Broadway in rep

"Dana H." and "Is This a Room" will both come to Broadway this fall and play the Lyceum Theater in repertory.  The two productions, which...

‘West Side Story,’ ‘Hangmen’ receive government boost for Broadway reopening

"West Side Story" and "Hangmen" received government funding that could help revive the productions.  Per data released from the Small Business Administration Monday, "West Side...

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ moves up Broadway start date

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will return to Broadway earlier than expected. The play, which producers recently announced will be condensed into one part,...

Disney to reopen New Amsterdam Theatre in July for benefit concert

Disney Theatrical is reopening the New Amsterdam Theatre later this month for a benefit concert.  The concert will span four performances from July 22 through...

Sara Bareilles to star in Broadway return of ‘Waitress’

"Waitress" will return to Broadway with Sara Bareilles in the lead role. The musical will play a limited engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre from...

Actors’ Equity eliminates mask-wearing, testing at single venues across the U.S.

Actors' Equity is ending its mandate for mask-wearing and testing of company members who are fully vaccinated at certain theaters across the country. The union...

Second Stage sets dates for ‘Clyde’s,’ ‘Take Me Out’ on Broadway

Second Stage has announced production dates for its upcoming Broadway and Off-Broadway seasons. “Clyde’s,” written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whoriskey, will begin...

‘Plaza Suite’ announces Broadway return in February 2022

“Plaza Suite” will begin performances at the Hudson Theatre on Feb. 25, 2022.  The play, starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, was scheduled to...

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ to return to Broadway as one show

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will return to Broadway as a singular show.  The original production, written by Jack Thorne and directed by John...

Broadway company manager appointed to Cuomo administration

Steve Lukens, a former company manager on “The Inheritance” and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” has been named by Gov. Andrew...

Springsteen plays to first full-capacity audience on Broadway in more than a year

A Broadway theater played at full capacity Saturday for the first time since March 11, 2020.  Bruce Springsteen ushered in the Broadway reopening with the...

‘The Minutes’ plans 2022 Broadway return at Studio 54

“The Minutes” announced plans to return to Broadway in March 2022, about two years after its run was halted by the pandemic.  The play, written...

Kate Horton named executive producer of ‘The Music Man’ on Broadway

Kate Horton, who previously ran the Royal Court Theatre in London, has been named executive producer of “The Music Man,” taking over the tasks...

‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’ to play the St. James Theatre

"David Byrne's American Utopia" will return to Broadway this fall at the St. James Theatre.  The show had previously announced plans to return to Hudson...

‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ to return to the Booth Theatre on Broadway

“Freestyle Love Supreme” will return to the Booth Theatre on Broadway Oct. 7.  The improv musical and hip-hop show, created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda...

Broadway League, Actors’ Equity reach agreement on touring COVID-19 protocols

The Broadway League and Actors’ Equity have reached an agreement on safety protocols for North American touring productions.  The protocols, which require all touring members...

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ announces Broadway return with Jeff Daniels

"To Kill a Mockingbird," overseen by newly named executive producer Orin Wolf, will return to Broadway Oct. 5.  Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger, who were...

‘Springsteen on Broadway’ to return to Broadway on June 26

Bruce Springsteen will reopen the first Broadway theater after the pandemic in the return of his show “Springsteen on Broadway.” Springsteen will play the St....

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ announces Broadway return date

“The Lehman Trilogy” has set a Sept. 25 Broadway start date, after its initial Broadway opening was delayed by the pandemic.  It returns to Broadway...

Jordan Fisher will return as lead in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ on Broadway

Jordan Fisher will return as the lead in “Dear Evan Hansen” when it resumes performance Dec. 11.  Fisher made the announcement Tuesday during an appearance...

‘Pass Over’ announces Aug. 4 start date on Broadway

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s "Pass Over" will begin performances Aug. 4, marking the earliest scheduled date on Broadway yet.  The play, directed by Danya Taymor, will...

Broadway productions now have more options for reopening dates

Now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given the green light for productions to open at 100% capacity, Broadway producers have options as to when...

SBA begins sending notice of grant awards for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program

The Small Business Administration began sending notices of awards Wednesday to approved applicants for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Funds have not yet been...

Tony Awards announce fall broadcast on Paramount+, Broadway special on CBS

The 2019-2020 Tony Awards will take place Sept. 26, 2021, in a two-part event airing across different CBS platforms. A presentation of awards will air...

‘Hadestown’ announces Sept. 2 reopening on Broadway

"Hadestown" announced Monday that it will return to Broadway Sept. 2, almost two weeks earlier than the previously scheduled opening date for the industry.  Gov....

‘Girl From the North Country’ announces Oct. 13 Broadway return

"Girl from the North Country" will return to Broadway on Oct. 13.  The musical began performances at the Belasco Theatre Feb. 7, 2020 and opened...

Sen. Chuck Schumer, industry leaders on Broadway’s reopening and questions that remain

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and leaders of Broadway gathered in Times Square Friday to speak to Broadway's reopening and the passage of...

SBA now expects to distribute Shuttered Venue Operators Grants next week

The Small Business Administration said Friday that it now expects to begin distributing grants under the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program next week.  The agency...

Broadway League to evaluate guidelines on masking as New York lifts mandate

As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to lift the statewide mask mandate, Broadway leaders are evaluating the protocols for audience members and casts.  On...

‘Lackawanna Blues’ will begin Broadway performances Sept. 14.

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of “Lackawanna Blues” will begin Broadway performances Sept. 14.  The play, which is written, performed and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, will...

Members of the Broadway community advocate for a more equitable return

As Broadway prepares to reopen, industry members are hoping it will not return to its usual mode of operation. While more than 20 productions have...

‘Diana’ moves up Broadway reopening by one month

“Diana” has moved its first preview date up one month to Nov. 2.  The musical, which was among the first to announce for the new...

CDC lifts mask requirement for vaccinated individuals, posing a question for Broadway

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control announced that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks indoors.  While the CDC did not comment...

‘Flying Over Sunset’ sets Broadway return date

“Flying Over Sunset” will begin Broadway performances Nov. 4 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.  The new musical, which was originally scheduled to begin previews the...

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ will reopen on Broadway Dec. 11

“Dear Evan Hansen” will reopen at the Music Box Theatre on Dec. 11.  In addition to the Broadway reopening, the London production will reopen at...

‘Moulin Rouge!’ will resume Broadway performances Sept. 24

“Moulin Rouge!” will resume performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Sept. 24. The day before the first performance, the musical will hold a dress...

Disney Theatrical announces ‘Aladdin’ return, no ticketing fees

Disney Theatrical will pay the service fees on any ticket purchased to either of its Broadway shows through Aug. 7, 2022.  The offer comes as...

‘MJ’ will begin Broadway performances on Dec. 6

"MJ," the Michael Jackson musical, will begin performances on Broadway Dec. 6. The new musical, which was originally scheduled to begin performances on July 6,...

‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Wicked’ will return to Broadway on Sept. 14

“Hamilton,” “The Lion King” and "Wicked” will return to Broadway on Sept. 14.  The three major Broadway shows announced the news in a joint appearance...

‘Jagged Little Pill’ announces Oct. 21 Broadway return

“Jagged Little Pill” will resume performances on Broadway Oct. 21. The musical, which opened on Dec. 5, 2019, will return to the Broadhurst Theatre. Tickets...

‘Tina’ will reopen on Broadway Oct. 8

“Tina – the Tina Turner Musical” will resume Broadway performances Oct. 8.  The musical will return to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it had been playing...

‘Caroline, or Change,’ ‘Trouble in Mind’ to open on Broadway this fall

"Caroline, or Change" will begin performances Oct. 8, after a postponement due to the Broadway shutdown.  The revival, which was originally scheduled to begin previews...

‘Ain’t Too Proud’ will return to Broadway Oct. 16

"Ain't Too Proud" will resume Broadway performances on Oct. 16.  The musical, which opened on Broadway on March 21, 2019, will return to the Imperial...

‘Company’ will return to Broadway on Dec. 20

The new revival of "Company" will resume Broadway performances on Dec. 20.  Katrina Lenk, who plays Bobbie, and Patti Lupone as Joanne are confirmed to...

‘Come From Away’ announces Sept. 21 Broadway return

"Come From Away" will return to Broadway on Sept. 21. The musical, which is shooting a filmed version of the production this month, will release...

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ will return to Broadway on Oct. 21

The new musical "Mrs. Doubtfire" will resume performances on Broadway Oct. 21. The musical, which played three previews before the March 12, 2020 shutdown, will...

‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ will have a Broadway run in fall 2022

Second Stage announced its 2021-2022 season Friday, with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Between Riverside and Crazy” as a new addition to its Broadway line-up. The...

‘Chicago’ will return to Broadway on Sept. 14

"Chicago" will resume performances on Broadway starting Sept. 14. The production, which had been running on Broadway since 1996, put tickets on sale Friday for...

‘Six’ will resume Broadway performances on Sept. 17

"Six" will celebrate its long-delayed opening night his fall. The musical will resume performances on Broadway starting Sept. 17, with an opening night planned for...

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ announces Broadway return in October

“The Phantom of the Opera” will return to Broadway this fall.  The musical, which is the longest-running production in Broadway history, will resume performances at...

Broadway to reopen Sept. 14, Cuomo says

Broadway shows will reopen Sept. 14, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. In a press conference, Cuomo said Broadway tickets would be put on sale starting...

‘Wicked’ tour announces return date as first touring production to resume

“Wicked” is resuming its national tour this summer, marking the first Broadway tour to resume performances following the theatrical shutdown, according to Broadway Across...

After Cuomo announcement, Broadway holds fast to fall reopening

The Broadway League reiterated a commitment to a fall reopening, following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s declaration that he will loosen restrictions on May 19.  On Monday,...

New York to lift capacity restrictions starting May 19, including on Broadway

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all capacity restrictions will be removed on businesses, including Broadway, starting May 19.  The reopening plan, which applies...

Momentum builds behind Broadway’s reopening

As the industry awaits an official reopening announcement, theatrical offices have been working to ready Broadway productions.  The pace has picked up at marketing agencies,...

Adrienne Warren, theater activists demand greater racial equity on Broadway

Hundreds of artists, students and activists gathered outside Bryant Park Saturday to demand racial equity on Broadway and within the theater industry at large.  This...

Broadway prepares for fall reopening

Broadway is gearing up for reopening as the targeted return date moves into view.  Following bullish statements from government officials and improving health trends, Broadway...

Broadway League optimistic for September reopening of Broadway

The Broadway League said it is continuing to target a September reopening of the Broadway industry, following remarks from Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday. "The...

De Blasio plans to ‘fully reopen’ NYC in July, but signals September for Broadway

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Thursday that the city will be ready to fully reopen July 1.  Speaking on MSNBC, de Blasio...

Scott Rudin no longer involved in NY PopsUp, festival says

Producer Scott Rudin is no longer involved in the "day-to-day" operations of NY PopsUp, a spokesperson for the festival confirmed Friday.  Rudin, who is currently...

Theater workers march to demand change on Broadway

A group of about 300 actors and activists marched down Broadway Thursday to protest producer Scott Rudin and to call for greater protection and...

Actors plan march on Broadway to protest Rudin, industry inequality

A group of theater activists are planning a march Thursday to protest producer Scott Rudin's membership in the Broadway League and to call for...