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Is social distancing possible on Broadway? A discussion with Eva Price

Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal May 26, 2020
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The Palace Theatre on the opening night of "West Side Story" in 2009. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
COVID-19

Is social distancing possible on Broadway? A discussion with Eva Price

Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal May 26, 2020
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Earlier this month, the Broadway League announced all shows will be on hold until at least September. All productions have been shut down since mid-March, and some, including Disney’s “Frozen” musical, have said they are closing permanently.

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Tony-winning producer Eva Price about the future of Broadway and leading “Jagged Little Pill” through this pandemic-induced time of uncertainty. She talks to her cast and crew weekly.

“We just talk about our week and try and just distract and connect about anything other than the fact that we’re not performing eight times a week,” Price said. “When we get into that, it’s really depressing and sad, and more depressing and sad is when we get into the question of when we’re coming back.”

Price isn’t sure when Broadway will reopen but suspects it will be at least a few more months, given all the hurdles facing the industry.

“It’s the antithesis of who we are,” Price said. “There’s no social distance for a love scene or a dance scene or a duet.”

She said knowing that “Jagged Little Pill,” based on the Alanis Morissette album, will eventually reopen is what helps her sleep at night. “The things that wake me up is the how,” she said. “How much money will it cost? How much time will it take? What will the restrictions be for our cast and audiences? I do think about it every corner of the day.”

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