The first rehearsals and performances started this summer. Seventeen shows have announced performance dates before the end of September, with more scheduled for later this fall and winter.
But what does it take to bring back a show – or start a new one – after a near total shutdown of the industry? How does it feel to be in a theater again? And how do artists and audiences cope with the uncertainty of what to expect?
To find out, join us for the latest episode of “Offstage,” our digital series on theatrical creation during the pandemic.
We will go inside the Walter Kerr Theater to visit the Tony Award winning musical “Hadestown” company during rehearsals. There will be songs and dances, including in unexpected places. And we will hear André De Shields, who embodies the god Hermes; his co-stars Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada, who play the young lovers Orphée and Eurydice; and other members of the company working on stage and behind the scenes.
Douglas Lyons, author of the new comedy “Chicken & Biscuits”, will talk about preparing for his Broadway playwright debut. So far, Lyons is one of seven black writers with shows that have announced Broadway tours this season, a rare occurrence.
The cast of “Girl From the North Country” will perform a mix of songs by Bob Dylan from the musical, including “Hurricane” and “All Along the Watchtower”, backstage at the Belasco Theater.
Viewers at some of Broadway’s first reopened performances will tell us about their experiences.
And once the episode is over, you’re invited to a live Zoom panel with cultural reporters from The Times as they talk about what happened and what’s next for Broadway. “Offstage” host and Times theater reporter Michael Paulson will be joined by chief theater critic Jesse Green, theater editor Nicole Herrington and Maya Phillips, a general critic.
They will discuss the theater’s pandemic coverage, share their thoughts on the upcoming season, and answer questions from readers. You can submit yours here.