The curtain will finally be opening.
New York governor announced that Broadway theaters will reopen to full capacity on September 14. “Broadway is a major part of our state’s identity and economy, and we are thrilled that the curtains will rise again,” he tweeted.
Theaters have been closed since March 12, 2020, and cinemas have been open for months at limited capacity, but Broadway theater owners and producers said they couldn’t operate with those restrictions and still make a profit. When Broadway was shut down, 31 productions were running including eight new shows. Some shows including a revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen won’t be returning.
“We are thrilled that Governor Cuomo clearly recognizes the impact of Broadway’s return on the city and state’s economy and the complexity of restarting an entire industry that has been dormant for over a year,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League said.
“Nothing beats Broadway. The theatre owners, producers, and other League members will continue to work with the NY State Department of Health and the Governor to coordinate the industry’s return and the related health and safety protocols required to do so. We remain cautiously optimistic about Broadway’s ability to resume performances this fall and are happy that fans can start buying tickets again.”
Tickets went on sale on Thursday.