The chandelier inside the Majestic Theater – the iconic gold fixture that has become popular among viewers as “The Phantom of the Opera” – has reached a climax in its performance – is still dark, and will remain so until at least the end of October.
But on Monday evening, the theater community gathered at Majesty – the Broadway theater opened its doors for the first time in more than 500 days – to celebrate the premiere of “The Show Must Go On”, a new documentary that prolongs the epidemic shutdown worldwide.
Co-directed and produced Sammy Canald And Dory Bernstein, “The Show Must Go On” describes the shutdown of the industry and follows the tour of “The Phantom of the Opera” and the South Korean “Cats” – two productions that, despite all adversity, continue their schedule in the spring and summer of May 2020. The show will open in South Korea earlier this month. Although Broadway closed and the world economy collapsed, both productions became beacons for theatrical innovation during the epidemic, perhaps the only live theater in the world.
On Monday, there is a lot of embarrassment in that comparison.
“It’s pretty nice to be in a theater watching a movie with two productions,” Canald said. Diversity In the premiere. “And the embarrassment didn’t get over me that we’re in Majesty tonight and there’s no ‘Phantom’.”
“When we first planned this premiere,” he said, “it looked like the epidemic was in the rearview mirror and we were armed to revive the theater, but now we’re in a precarious situation again.”
Rehearsals such as “Headstone” begin this week and two productions in theaters – Bruce Springsteen’s solo concert show and Antonet Chinnio’s “Pass Over”, a new play that began acting at the Wilson Theater last August – continue on its way to Broadway. The industry যা which grossed nearly 2 2 billion in 2019 and employed 100,000 people এখনও is still in decline, with no clear idea whether growing lawsuits will stop reopening, presale tickets will be purchased or seats will be returned to fill seats outside the city on a permanent basis. .
“Chaos always brings opportunity,” Imogen Lloyd Weber, Author and daughter Andrew Lloyd Weber, Whose advocacy in the UK led to the reopening of the West End, he said Diversity On the red carpet. “I think it’s an exciting time for theater and Broadway,” he said. “There are excellent programs and new writers. In London, everyone was jumping from their seats.
But on Broadway, it was not clear if his optimism had been achieved.
Yes, the theater community came in groups to celebrate the film Sierra Buges, Adrian Warren, Ariana Debos, Shereen Pimentel, Lilia White, Jason gotta And Amber Gray, The latter still carrying his “headstone” rehearsal binder, in attendance. Josh Groban Took the stage before the screening “Can we start again?”
But, in a real sense, could the UK model for the reopening of the theater, the $ 2 billion official bailout and significant technological innovation inside the theater, and the example of South Korea, a country capable of rapidly banding together to stop the epidemic, be a practical Broadway return roadmap?
There’s a lot to learn, Canald said.
“In the 17 months since the Korean theater industry epidemic, there have been zero cases of Kovid-to-audience transmission, ”he said.“ To me, it tells us what we need to know about the safety of going to the theater. Nightclubs, churches, schools in Korea have seen a huge outbreak, you name it. Not in any theater. ”
“This movie is about him,” he continued. “To say: Now that many of us have been vaccinated and there are protocols out there, now is the time to come back and make sure this industry survives.”