Regional theaters struggle to recover from COVID closures

Oct 31, 2022
Audiences have not returned to pre-pandemic numbers, while inflation and supply chains have raised the price of productions. 
An empty theater at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California.
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Ballet's biggest production changes how it depicts Asians

Dec 10, 2021
An increase in violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic have strengthened calls to change "The Nutcracker."
Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Christian Poppe as the Cricket with dancers in a scene from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.
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"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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Performers take pandemic opportunity to have children

Mar 25, 2021
For some, shutdowns created the perfect opportunity to have a baby without sacrificing opportunity.
Ballet dancers, actors and athletes took advantage of hiatuses during COVID, even though having a baby amid the pandemic came with a lot of restrictions and uncertainty.
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How one professional singer is managing work from home

Nov 3, 2020
With live performances canceled, artists are finding creative solutions.
"When the pandemic hit, really quickly it became apparent that we wouldn’t be able to sing again with other people."
Courtesy of Ayana Haviv

Performing arts innovate in desperate times

Jul 2, 2020
The show must go on — somehow — for theater and other live productions in order for their companies to survive financially.
A violinist plays to an empty concert hall during a video-recorded concert in Slovakia in May. Performing arts companies are finding innovative ways to stay financially viable in the face of COVID-19.
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Challenges to performing arts mount with fall season uncertain

Jun 10, 2020
Fall season is usually a big money-maker for nonprofit arts companies. The pandemic is threatening that crucial revenue stream.
The New York Philharmonic performs in 2018. About 40% of revenue for performing-arts nonprofits comes from live events.
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Play about the Constitution may be Broadway's hottest ticket this season

Feb 12, 2019
Broadway seems to want to seize on the success of global phenomenon hip-hop musical “Hamilton” by having more politically themed shows. This season, Hillary and Bill Clinton are the subjects of one play. But another play is coming off a successful off-Broadway run to grace a marquee on the Great White Way. Its subject? The […]
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