Today, The Broadway League announced that Broadway shows will not resume performances before June 1, 2021. This means that Broadway will be shut down for at least 14.5 months if not more. Of course, this the right and safe decision, but it doesn’t make this news less devastating to the thousands of people who will be out of work for at least nine more months.
In light of this news, I wanted to send love out to everyone in the Broadway community, both onstage and off, who are affected by this news. I am so sorry for the way this pandemic has devasted the theater industry.
Theater has been brought me so much joy and healing over the years, and I am endlessly grateful. Thank you for everything you have done for me and thousands of others. I look forward to the day when Broadway is able to come back stronger than ever.
Picture this: it’s Wicked‘s first show back at the Gershwin. Galinda comes down in her bubble and says to the Ozian’s (and the audience), “It’s good to see me, isn’t it?” I tear up just thinking about that moment. Whenever it happens, it will be absolutely magical.
In the meantime, while we wait for it to be safe for Broadway to come back, please support theater artists in whatever way you can. Donate to The Actor’s Fund or BC/EFA, buy tickets to virtual concerts and performances.
I love you, Broadway. Thank you.