Cuomo: Broadway To Reopen At Full Capacity Sept 14

The New York Times reports:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says that most pandemic capacity restrictions will ease in two weeks. But Broadway, a beacon for tourists and an engine for the economy, is not quite ready to turn on the stage lights.

But there are signs of life: Mr. Cuomo said Wednesday that Broadway shows would start selling tickets Thursday for full-capacity shows with performances starting Sept. 14. Why the four-month wait?

With as many as eight shows a week to fill, and the tourists who make up an important part of their customer base yet to return, producers need time to advertise and market. They need to reassemble and rehearse casts who have been out of work for more than a year.

Broadway World reports:

Anticipated dates for each returning and new Broadway production will be announced in coming weeks on a show-by-show basis as individual productions and their producers determine the performance schedules and timelines for their respective shows.

Broadway will be following all health protocols including “face coverings, health screening, enhanced air filtration and ventilation, and rigorous cleaning and disinfection” and “if performances need to be postponed due to the public health conditions, theaters have planned to offer customer-friendly refunds and exchange policies.”