After 18 months of being shut down, Broadway reopened in September. Cast, crew, and staff at all Broadway theaters are required to be vaccinated,
and everyone is tested for COVID every three days
. In addition, everyone is supposed to wear masks while backstage
. Each production is required to hire a COVID safety manager
(they are not allowed to hire anyone who is currently involved in the production to take on this additional responsibility). And all shows have plans in place for what happens if someone in the company tests positive.
Audience members must show proof of vaccination to attend shows and they must wear masks while inside the theater. Disney Theatrical said its cast members are undergoing PCR tests six times a week.
This includes the Aladdin and The Lion King casts on Broadway, as well as The Lion King and Frozen touring productions.
Aladdin had its first performance on Tuesday, September 28. The next day, the show announced that their second performance (Wednesday, September 29) would be canceled due to multiple company members testing positive but that the show would resume performances on Thursday, September 30. The original tweet on the official Aladdin account has since been deleted, but you can see some of the text it here
). I can't find a screenshot of the entire original message but the snippets I was able to find include "Our extensive protocol system to test our employees and identify positive cases worked, and allowed us to act immediately to contain those cases. Given the thoroughness of our COVID protocols and a vaccinated workforce, we remain confident that the environment is safe for our guests, cast, crew and musicians."
On Friday, October 1, the show announced that due to additional cast members testing positive, all performances for the next week and a half have been canceled. They are currently saying that the next performance will be on Tuesday, October 12. ( Collapse )( Collapse )
Broadway and national tours have only been open for about a month and there have already been two shows that have had to cancel shows due to COVID. Was it too soon for live theater to come back? Or was this just bad luck?
and My Friend with a Bike (all other sources are linked above)ONTD, would you go see a live show in a full capacity theater of 2000-3000 people right now?
What is the first show you want to see when you return to the theater?