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The Theater District is the heart of New York City, and Saturday's pop-up performance at the St. James Theatre was another step in the right direction. It was something people needed to boost their confidence that we are coming back from this pandemic.
- Now to the coronaviruses pandemic and a very important step forward on the road to reopening. A Broadway theater became the first to open its doors since all theaters were shuttered more than a year ago. Eyewitness News reporter Naveen Dhaliwal is at the St. James Theater this afternoon. Naveen?
NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Yeah, Joe, Broadway and live performances are the heart of New York City, and this pop up performance here at St. James Theater is a glimmer of hope of what's ahead.
The curtain went up for the first time in a year at St. James Theater.
JAMIE: We're very excited to be back in the Broadway theater after over a year, and I actually cannot think of a better person to welcome us back than Nathan Lane.
- You heard right. On that stage, a pop up performance by the enormously talented Nathan Lane, and dancer Savion Glover. Emotions were high.
SAVION GLOVER: And just being here with the great Nathan Lane, and the whole crew just, just walking in the stage door, seeing a stage doorman, and being able to chill out with the crew. Everything is heartfelt.
- The theater allowed 150 people inside. This performance is the first of 10 such events at Broadway theaters over the next 10 weeks. This is a pilot program to figure out how to safely open Broadway theaters with all safety precautions in place. It's something many are eagerly waiting for.
- I have full confidence that all the proper measures have been taken, and we're just excited to be here.
- Entertainment venues opening this week at 33% capacity, one step forward in the right direction.
- It signals the return of Midtown. It signals the return of tourism. It signals the return of life to the city, and it's great to be a part of it.
- We are happy. We are more happy today than we were yesterday.
- Yeah, we sure are. Now, the theater district has been struggling to open as the limited capacity does not have a profit, and city officials have been working on a safe plan to lift that curtain back up once again. In the theater district, tonight, Naveen Dhaliwal, Channel 7, Eyewitness News.