September 22, 2021

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Broadway re-opens with ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Lion King,’ ‘Rogue’

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“I never want to allow live theater again, do I?”

It was Lynn-Manuel Miranda, in a short screen speech, welcoming the first Broadway audience to “Hamilton” as the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic closed every show in New York on March 12, 2020. The September 14 performance was part of a re-opening featuring one of Broadway’s biggest shows, as five productions দীর্ঘ the long-running musical “Rogue,” “The Lion King,” “Hamilton,” and “Chicago,” and the new drama “Lacawana Blues.” For opened their doors the same night.

Those shows included musical “Headstone” and “Waitress” as well as the new drama “Passover”, which was already underway.

The enthusiasm of the fans was high, and the standing roar was loud and long. The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes, but the show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes.

Inspired by the musical “Wizard of Oz”, wearing a red-sequined high heel, Chenoeth clicks his foot three times and tells the crowd, “There’s no place like home!” After that, the crowd grows and the show closes again following Glinder’s famous entrance line: “It’s nice to see me, isn’t it?”

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Actress Christine Chenoweth is giving a on-screen speech on the “Wicked” stage at the Gershuin Theater in New York on Tuesday. The show reopened today after being closed in early 2020 due to Covid-1 concerns. (AP Photo / Craig Ruttle)
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Starting to revive only after a prolonged shutdown for a theater industry, the night was another step in reopening Broadway and running it with new safety protocols, including vaccination orders and masking at each theater. To unveil or re-open eight more productions this month, a dozen in October and six more in November, despite the uncertainty about the variety of new viruses, groundbreaking infections and business sustainability, night mood city tourism is still at a low tide.

In general, the first viewers of the newly opened production said they were satisfied with the security measures. Jazmin Polite, 34, of Theatergoar, when he stood in line for “The Lion King,” said, “I’m relieved to know that everyone in the theater is being careful.

On that show, director Julie Taymor gave a on-screen speech. “I want to thank these visitors for being here,” he said. “You have the will, the enthusiasm, the courage to show the way. Because as we know, the theater in New York is the life and soul of the city.

It is also a big business. Before the epidemic, Broadway contributed an estimated .7 14.7 billion to New York City’s economy, all of which evaporated when Covid hit. Now, the industry is crossing its fingers that the relaunch is running smoothly as expected.

For night participants, at least, the evening seemed like a turning point. Christine O’Connor, 51, went to see “Hamilton” from New Jersey with her three children and said she thought the night was “the end of the epidemic and the rebirth of New York.”

“It started with me and my three children leaving home,” he added. They went to school on Monday and now we are coming to open Broadway today. It’s huge. “

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Theatergoers show evidence of vaccination before a performance of “The Lion King” on Broadway at the Minskoff Theater in New York on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. (Photo by Charles Sykes / Invasion / AP)
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To match the show that many fans were taking part in, the mood for Broadway celebrations spread across sidewalks and streets. In the hours before the screen, news trucks piled up around the marquee. A live band played blues-inflated rock in front of the Friedman Theater to celebrate the first preview performance of “Lacawana Blues”. In “Hamilton”, Miranda led the cast members of both “Hamilton” and “Lion King” in a brief rendition of “New York, New York”, marking the return to the pre-show performance of the Ham 4 Ham series.

In the auditorium, the passion ran much higher, for the producers to rebuild their shows and for the fans.

“All my tissues are ready. I’ve brought a lot of tissue,” said Lithia Knopp, 48, who has seen “Hamilton” 10 times and flew from Maryland on the night of the reopening. She wore a “Hamilton” themed scarf and mask as well as homemade earrings made from real playbills.

“I brought an extra mask if I cried through it,” he said.

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