Broadway was open for half an hour this Sunday. Experienced performers and Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Savion Glover took the stage at the St. James Theatre for 387 days since the COVID pandemic closed all 41 shows.
No tickets were sold for the event. 150 people are allowed to participate in the venue, which can usually hold 1,700 people. According to a press release issued by NY Pops Up on Sunday, the invited guests “mainly frontline workers associated with the Actor Fund and Broadway Care/Fighting against AIDS.” They saw that the establishment of this space is in line with the health and safety of all states. Security Protocol. An event was held.
“Yesterday, NY PopsUp, a statewide initiative to celebrate and revive New York’s art. This was the first performance on Broadway theaters for the first time since New York’s venues were closed more than a year ago due to the pandemic.” “This special event is part of a “pilot program.” It is created by The Festival as a large-scale model of how to safely resume live performances after a long shutdown related to COVID.”
Savion Glover has been the mainstay of Broadway since 1982. He has won three Tony Awards, performed a Paul Rudnick monologue titled “Facts”. It is a story about a man trapped in his studio apartment last year. He was left without his biggest hobby: going to the theater. Desire to be a part of the audience again and experience an event. He shared a true, almost miraculous story, which gave him a deep understanding of the city, the TKTS booth was full of hope and eventually took a place in the aisle.
“Glover made his Broadway debut at the age of 11 in 1985. He won the Tony Award for Best Arrangement in 1996. Performed a special tap dance, It conveyed his personal experience in the theater. It allowed the audience to reflect on what Broadway was, what Broadway is, and what Broadway will become again. It reminds us of the sacred space of the stage.”
NY PopsUp was launched in February and will continue until Labor Day. The plans are to host hundreds of pop-up shows in the coming months. Broadway is looking forward to returning in the fall of 2021. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to work with Broadway and off-Broadway venues to reopen performance spaces to the public this year. At least until May 30th, all Broadway will be officially closed, but September is a more realistic target date for returning to the stage for mass production. Megastars like Nathan Lane and Savion Glover are certainly to give the long-awaited return