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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hopes rapid COVID-19 testing may be the short-term solution to reigniting public gatherings, but Broadway will still be in the dark.
Seven thousand rapid tests were used for a recent Buffalo Bills football game. Cuomo hopes the same model can be used for other venues. A plan announced earlier this week and reported by Broadway News includes outdoor concerts and pop-up events. A “New York Arts Revival” partnership has drawn big-name participants like Hugh Jackman and Amy Schumer, along with producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal.
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“One thing is clear: we must act. We cannot wait until summer to turn the lights back on the arts and provide a living wage to artists,” Cuomo said. “New York City is not New York without Broadway.”
It’s unclear which Broadway shows will weather the COVID-19 storm. As previously reported, Mean Girls will not return to Broadway, though the national tour intends to hit the road once again.
On the regional front, theaters continue to navigate a moving target to reopen with live performances, but innovative solutions also continue to emerge. Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, (which produced a stellar revival of A Chorus Line last year) has planned an entirely virtual season called Signature Features. The five-show season includes fully produced shows filmed in HD, beginning with a new Stephen Sondheim retrospective, Simply Sondheim, featuring Norm Lewis, Solea Pfeiffer, Emily Skinner, Conrad Ricamora and more.