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

Having survived pandemic lockdown, a small British theater company takes a bow

May 28, 2021
Blackeyed Theatre, a touring group, on how the company weathered COVID-19 and the worst financial crisis in its history.
According to a recent study, 90% of U.K. actors are usually unemployed. The pandemic made matters worse.
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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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Theaters and dance companies scramble to survive this holiday season

Dec 9, 2020
Arts organizations have had to cancel or reimagine their blockbuster holiday shows due to the pandemic.
Faith Lee rehearses the role of Clara in the Maryland Youth Ballet’s 2020 version of “The Nutcracker.”
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To survive the pandemic, live theater turns to streaming. Unions are on board.

Nov 20, 2020
Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA resolve their dispute, with Actors' Equity representing the virtual broadcasts. The agreement includes restrictions.
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In Mexico, the once-thriving theater industry is in decline

Sep 18, 2020
The vice president of the Mexican Society of Theater Producers said the industry has lost about $1 billion since theaters closed in early March.
People sit outside the closed Hidalgo Theater in Mexico City in March.
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Has the COVID-19 crisis killed live theater in the UK?

Jul 29, 2020
One of Britain’s most successful industries struggles to recover from the pandemic.
The empty London Coliseum theater. After mass closures, the industry fears that full recovery is far off.
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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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After curtains close on stage performances, entertainers take up jobs in grocery stores

Apr 13, 2020
Entertainers from London's West End have found temporary work in supermarkets after theaters closed due to the coronavirus shutdown.
The West End of London on a midweek evening during the coronavirus lockdown.
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