Saturday, May 18, 2024

Can Broadway Stay Open Through the Crisis? Usher at “Virginia Woolf” Tests Positive, Also Throws “Six” Premiere into Turmoil


Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? We all should be, as it turns out.

An usher who worked at that Broadway show from March 3rd to the 7th has tested positive for the virus, according to the New York Times. The Booth Theater has been deep cleaned subsequently.

But overnight tonight, the Brooks Atkinson Theater is also getting emergency treatment. That’s because the same usher also worked there, and tomorrow night is the opening of the British hit, “Six.” I’m going, even if I have to wear bubble wrap.

The Broadway motto is “The show must go on!” Broadway producers have been determined to keep going despite the virus and panic spreading, Shutting down would cost millions upon millions, and deeply affect New York’s economy. Some shows might close and not re-open. That would be a disaster.

The answers are not simple. Spring, leading into Tony season, is Broadway’s bread and butter. After a bleak winter, this business is counted on. But it seems like some changes will be coming soon.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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