Broadway and “Flexible” NYC Theaters Reopening April 2, 2021 in Pilot Program

The Music Box Theater on Broadway is among the theaters scheduled to reopen on April 2nd for a series of NY PopsUp events, that will serve as a “pilot program” for safety protocols “that will eventually be employed for Broadway’s return,” according to an announcement from the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

 Other venues that are especially flexible (their seating etc. can be rearranged to accommodate social distancing, etc.) , including The Apollo, the Park Avenue Armory, Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Shed, Harlem Stage, La MaMa and the National Black Theatre, all received the okay from New York State to reopen to audiences at up to 33 percent of normal capacity, with a maximum of 100 individuals indoors and 200 outdoors.

To be clear: This is not a resumption of normal Broadway fare, or of the regular season offerings at the flexible Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway venues, but rather will accommodate special performances that have not yet been detailed.

“As he wisely did when reopening restaurants, we hope that Governor Cuomo will again put workers first and prioritize getting members of the arts sector vaccinated,” Mary McColl, executive director of Actors’ Equity Association, said later in a statement. “Much like workers in the restaurant industry, our members lack the ability to socially distance throughout their entire workdays, making vaccines critical for maintaining a safe workplace. We look forward to continuing to work with the state on reopening the live arts in a way that protects workers, as well as the audience.” 

Charts at the governor’s press conference

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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