Broadway sticks to fall reopening despite New York lifting restrictions
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Theater fans eager for Broadway's reopening will have to wait a few more months.
New York's theater owners on Tuesday said they are still planning to reopen in the fall even after the state government said it would lift restrictions on the venues later this month — much faster than many in the arts community had expected.
The Broadway League, which represents more than 700 theater owners, says it is encouraged by the spring reopening announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday.
Even if the theaters could get their casts and crews in place by the summer, social distancing restrictions remain in place for indoor venues, limiting audience capacity — a financial burden most Broadway shows can't bear, according to an industry insider.
"We. . . look forward to a safe reopening of theater, both on Broadway, Off-Broadway and beyond, that prioritizes the safety of the workers," said Mary McColl, executive director of Actors' Equity Association