Shutdown, Changes, and Future of Broadway Community

On March 12th, 2020, the future of theater became uncertain when the curtains were shut and lights were turned off in Broadway theaters throughout New York City due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Broadway was forced to close its doors due to COVID-19, leaving actors and crew members with no work and excited fans with an unused ticket to their dream show. Three options were left on the table for people to decide how they wanted to go about their ticket situation. They could get a full refund of their ticket, a credit voucher with 120% of their order for later use, or an opportunity to donate to the crew and cast in a great time of need since the future is so uncertain.

“It all depends on what those changes all are, fundamentally it won’t change…what might change are the tangential things like when you’re walking into the theater will everyone have to get their temperature checked going forward? And because of that will they have to open the doors a little earlier,” Mr. Mallitz, the new choir teacher at PV, said.

Broadway as a whole will be back, but the little things surrounding it will change. 

“I think that more safety action was needed beforehand. So, this pandemic only made that more prevalent,” said John Baranowski, a senior at Perk Valley. 

Many people in the Broadway industry continue to suffer.

“[My friends] are in two different broadway shows and have been out of work since March…they’re worried when Broadway does come back, will the audiences come back?” Mr. Mallitz continued. 

With the high risk of contracting COVID-19 in a big crowd of people, the anxiety may affect how people will decide whether they want to risk their health or not. 

“There’s a lot of support that has been given to the Broadway community through fundraisers and different movements. I think Broadway will be back and stronger than ever, but I think it will take some time,” Baranowski said.

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