Many Broadway productions are scrambling to resume ticket sales in the coming days to welcome theater-goers this fall after city and state leaders green-lit a reopening of the Great White Way at full capacity by mid-September.
- Right now, just hours away from Broadway box offices reopening for business.
- After more than a year of waiting, it's the news many people have been waiting for.
- But it's going to take a while before they actually raise the curtains, because there's a lot that has to be done between now and September.
- Eyewitness News Reporter Jim Dolan looks at the reopening of Broadway's multi-billion dollar industry.
JIM DOLAN: Broadway is big. Getting the long-shuttered shows back in front of audiences where they belong will take some time.
MICHAEL MCGOFF: The systems are shut down. All the things that make all those effects, they're shut down. And so it needs to be measured out, to make sure that those systems get turned back on and made to work, so everything is just safe before we put a company on stage to rehearse a show.
JIM DOLAN: Michael McGoff has been a stage manager for a ton of Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Says coming back will require negotiation and discussion to make sure everyone is safe.
MICHAEL MCGOFF: We need our unions and our representation responding to those concerns, not just, let's get back to selling tickets.
CHARLOTTE ST. MARTIN: We will only open if we're assured that the cast, the crew, and our audience is safe.
JIM DOLAN: Ms. St. Martin expects about a dozen shows to open in September and another dozen in October. And the lights will be up in all the Broadway theaters by the holidays. It has been an expensive 13 months.
CHARLOTTE ST. MARTIN: We know that we've lost, you know, two-and-a-half billion dollars in ticket sales. But ticket sales are just one item. Today was very good news for those 97,000 jobs.
JIM DOLAN: Tickets for some shows will go on sale tomorrow. Not everyone is sure what the market will look like.
GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO: Are you willing to go into an indoor theater and sit there for two hours, next to a person who you don't know if they're vaccinated or unvaccinated? I don't know that New Yorkers are going to do that.
JIM DOLAN: But for those who love the theater, who long to trade a night of this grim, dark pandemic reality for the fully lit up magic of Broadway. To surrender an evening to its charm and its joy, and to all there is to learn when the house lights go down and the stage lights go up. Well, they'll be back.
MICHAEL MCGOFF: They're going to come back, and they're coming back in droves.