Broadway is BackSeptember 28, 2021
I remember when Broadway went dark in New York City, back in March 2020. This was due to the spread of COVID-19 that began to devastate the United States. The world was in a panic, and businesses were closing left and right – some of which would never see the light of day again. Broadway announced the cancellation of shows and live entertainment – leaving the streets empty and lifeless. What was once a hotspot for art, culture, flashing lights and show tunes, Broadway became a ghost town, a mere shadow of the city that is known for attracting tourists from all over the world. It was at this exact moment that reality set in. The city that never sleeps was finally being put to rest. Although the famous saying on Broadway is “the show must go on”, here we are over a year later without a curtain call in sight. However, fans may soon see an end to Broadway’s dark days.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio recently announced the city’s plan to resume opening up businesses at 100% capacity in July, paving the way for Broadway to return to us by September 2021! With this announcement of the long-awaited return of live theatre, we can’t help but wonder: are the people ready? Will the introduction of COVID vaccinations be enough of an incentive for fans to come out and be supportive? To gain some insight, I sat down with Broadway stars Tamar Greene of “Hamilton” and Matt Manuel of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, who were kind enough to share their thoughts and views of Broadway’s highly anticipated return.
Soul and Salsa: Have you personally noticed any change in support from fans between the start of the pandemic to now – more specifically, their willingness to attend shows?
Tamar Greene: I think everyone, fans and actors alike, really were like what’s gonna happen? What’s it going to look like? I think everyone desires to see live theater again.
S&S: Would you say you’re more excited or anxious to return to the stage?
TG: I’m very excited. I was anxious and had some concerns surrounding the pandemic in regards to vaccines. I’ve been very excited to see my friends and my Hamilton family again. I love all of them so much. We have weekly meetings and it’s nice to see them in person – not just their squares on zoom. I am definitely looking forward to putting on the costumes and jumping back into the role. As part of the Racial Justice Task Force (a group of diverse people united to achieve meaningful and sustained progress in the fight against racism), I feel like I am making a difference by investing in communities that have been traditionally ignored.
S&S: Do you believe fans will support Broadway’s return this fall?
TG: Yeah, I really do. It’s not just about making money. They are really taking precautions to ensure that everyone will be safe. They are listening to the CDC recommendations, as far as the comeback for Broadway. I know that the fans are super excited. We have already sold out through September.
Read the Full Interview in Soul and Salsa Magazine.