On Saturday, just over a year since COVID-19 shuttered Broadway, three-time Tony winner Nathan Lane and Tony-winning choreographer Savion Glover performed before an audience at the St. James Theatre, marking the first time since Broadway’s closure that the door to one of its houses opened.
Lane and Glover performed for a gathering of less than 150 staffers from The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Glover, who won a Tony Award for choreographing “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk,” performed an improvised tap retrospective of Broadway numbers like “I Hope I Get It,” “Memories” and “Black and Blue.” Lane, alone on the stage, recited a new monologue by Paul Rudnick, called “Playbills.”
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Nathan Lane, Savion Glover Usher Broadway’s First Performance Since Pandemic Shutdown https://t.co/OQKl1hmnro
— Variety (@Variety) April 3, 2021
Tony winners Savion Glover and Nathan Lane entertained frontline workers from @TheActorsFund and @BCEFA during a special @NYPopsUp event at Broadway’s St. James Theatre. Read more about the performance: https://t.co/XinMRs0Plq
— Playbill (@playbill) April 3, 2021
I just watched the legendary Savion Glover and the beyond sublime Nathan Lane, who performed a monologue I wrote, in a NY PopsUp event, one of hundreds that are re-introducing live performance – what a joy to be back in a theater (with masks and protocols)! pic.twitter.com/s9ft31KHhT
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) April 3, 2021