Broadway keeping entertainment alive


Sophia Fussman

Broadway has kept their curtains closed for almost a year, and the big unveiling may be coming soon. Broadway shows and musicals have been around and running since 1732 and have been going strong ever since! These plays have been bringing joy to many throughout the years. Due to COVID-19, Broadway shows and musicals were said to be closed until May. Without these shows going on, many actresses and actors will be out of jobs until May. This pandemic will significantly affect how Broadway shows are run and provide a newer and safer experience for viewers.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, musicals and shows will be held in a manner never seen before. Primarily, adjusting to these unusual circumstances will include all audience and cast members wearing masks at all times. This will ensure that the number of audience members can be maximized and to keep all in the theatre safe. Scientists are exploring many options for a risk-free Broadway experience, including mimicking a concert setting. “Analysis of an indoor concert staged by scientists in August suggests that the impact of such events on the spread of the coronavirus is “low to very low” as long as organizers ensure adequate ventilation, strict hygiene protocols, and limited capacity, according to the German researchers who conducted the study” (Kwai). As seen in this study, with appropriate guidelines set in place, such as a required negative COVID-19 test, Broadway shows may be able to make a successful come back.

Plans for a COVID-19 safe theatre were expected to be finalized by Spring 2021, but with the vaccination distribution already falling behind schedule, scientists need more time. The top infectious disease expert in the United States, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, claimed that once 70-85% of the population was vaccinated, it would be safe for theatres to be open to the general public (Jacobs). Scientists put this date at some time during Fall 2021. When asked if she would feel safe attending a Broadway show, eighth-grader Addison Heuck stated, “With safety precautions set in place, I would attend a Broadway show once they are ready to open.”

Thus, Broadway shows and musicals are on the road to making a full recovery from this unfortunate set back. Broadway continues to hold virtual events, such as “Living Room Concerts,” which are a series of shows held in Broadway performers’ living rooms.

During such uncertain times, entertainment is one of the few comforting things in many lives, and the reconstruction of Broadway will hopefully give people something to look forward to. With the help of world-renowned scientists, theatres will be as safe as possible, and many new precautions will be taken to keep viewers, cast, and crew safe. Once our world reaches a new normal, Broadway is expected to reopen its curtains and welcome back eager fans to the theatre.