Sunday, August 1, 2021

LATEST REOPENING NEWS

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 COVID-19.  The long-awaited protocols call for weekly COVID-19 testing of vaccinated...

‘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 Eliza Hamilton, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler and Tamar Greene...

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 Anne Boleyn, Abby Mueller as Jane Seymour, Brittney Mack 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 to counties across the U.S. that have a "substantial" or...

‘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 in the company. The outdoor Public Theater production said it learned...

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 stage managers in the U.S. The changes to eligibility are part...

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 Wednesday, will allow actors or stage managers who can demonstrate...

‘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 lead producer Matt Ross and Dr. Blythe Adamson, an infectious...

‘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 were part of the Vineyard Theatre's 2019-2020 season, will play...

‘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 Story" received $10 million as part of the Shuttered Venue...

‘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, rather than two, will now resume performances Nov. 12 at...

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 July 25, with proceeds going to support the Actors Fund....

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 Sept. 2 through Jan. 9. Bareilles, the composer of "Waitress,"...

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 released the new guidelines this week for productions that play...

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 previews at the Helen Hayes Theater on Nov. 3, 2021...

‘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 have its first preview at the theater on March 13,...

‘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 Tiffany, encompassed two parts, running 5 hours and 15 minutes...

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 Cuomo as senior advisor for arts and entertainment recovery. In the...

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 first performance of “Springsteen on Broadway” at the 1,721-seat St....

‘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 by Tracy Letts and directed by Anna D. Shapiro, played...