Broadway will not be back before this summer or fall.
That’s what Broadway League president Charlotte St Martin said in an interview with Yahoo Finance this week.
“It’s probably six to nine months before we’re actually open,” St, Martin told reporter Alexis Christophorous. “And who knows what we’ll be doing then?”
So much for that brief feeling of elation when we heard stadiums and some venues could re-open at 10% capacity.
St. Martin says socially distanced seating on Broadway is not financially feasible, which we surmised. Big Broadway houses can’t function unless every seat is filled, not every other seat with a blank row in between.
The reporter did not ask St. Martin about the Tony Awards, which are in limbo. The only certain winner of last year’s Tonys is Aaron Tveit, the only nominee for Best Actor in a Musical. The others have been waiting for months to know who won, and then there’s no date for a ceremony.
All this means that Broadway will mostly be closed this summer, and we won’t see any new shows or previews of any value until after Labor Day. What a mess!