Will Broadway's biggest week be a bust?

Dec 29, 2021
With frequent COVID outbreaks among casts and crews, dozens of performances are being canceled at what's normally a blockbuster time of year.
All of the people working on Broadway (and audience members) must be vaccinated. They’re also required to be masked when they're not performing. Above, an oversized mask from "The Phantom of the Opera" near Broadway in Times Square.
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One show at a time, Broadway theater is coming back

Sep 27, 2021
Currently 12 shows are open in New York's prime theater district. By year-end, there should be 38.
Lin-Manuel Miranda performs at "Hamilton" Broadway Opening Night at Richard Rodgers Theatre on Aug. 6, 2015 in New York City.
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Broadway theater returns with an unprecedented seven plays by Black writers

Aug 20, 2021
Their success may hinge on attracting new audiences.
Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu is one of seven Black playwrights with a new work being performed on Broadway this season.  Photograph by Beowulf Sheehan

"We're in it for the long game": After extended shutdown, Broadway producer plans for reopening

Jul 21, 2021
Kai Ryssdal speaks with Eva Price outside "Jagged Little Pill's" theater. She hasn't been inside since the pandemic started.
The Broadhurst Theatre in January, after being closed nearly a year. "Jagged Little Pill" is expected to resume performances in the fall.
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How is Broadway getting ready to reopen?

May 11, 2021
Broadway producer Eva Price says getting her show, "Jagged Little Pill," up and running again is like starting over.
New York's hushed theater district in April 2020. "Broadway has persevered for so many decades, I knew we would again," says producer Eva Price.
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For Broadway performers, a year of pandemic unemployment and reflection

Apr 2, 2021
As Broadway eyes reopening, a performer reflects on a year offstage.
"I think theater is resilient," said Broadway's Kathryn Allison. "There's nothing like sitting in a theater with a group of people, watching something that you know tomorrow's audience will never see."
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Is social distancing possible on Broadway? A discussion with Eva Price

May 26, 2020
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with the Tony-winning producer about the future of the theater.
The Palace Theatre on the opening night of "West Side Story" in 2009.
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Tonys aren't made of gold, but they might as well be for shows

Jun 7, 2019
Winning a Tony could mean many more months for a play on the Great White Way.
 Lin-Manuel Miranda of 'Hamilton' performs onstage during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City.
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Broadway closes out a banner year

Dec 28, 2018
The holidays are a big time for the entertainment industry, and Broadway is no exception. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is by far the biggest week of the year for ticket sales. And already, the trade group The Broadway League says ticket sales over the last month are up 17 percent from the the same […]

Blockbuster Broadway, it's more than just "Hamilton"

Jun 7, 2018
The musical about the founding father is still a top draw, but other shows have helped drive record attendance to Broadway theaters. With all the packed houses, show producers pulled in $1.7 billion.
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is one of Broadway's blockbuster hits.
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