Wednesday, August 4, marked the highly anticipated reopening of Broadway, with the first preview performance of Pass Over at the August Wilson Theatre, located on W. 52nd Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. In the late afternoon, before the show’s 8 pm curtain time, I took a walk up Broadway and watched the Theater District begin to come alive again with the people, color, and energy that we’ve missed since the pandemic closure of live in-person performance venues on March 12, 2020.
Even before the audience started to arrive, as the preparations got underway for the post-show celebration outside the theater, there was a feeling of excitement that Broadway’s back. Here’s some of what I saw:
A reminder: If you plan to share in the exhilaration of returning to live theater, according to Broadway’s current COVID-19 protocol, all ticketholders must show proof of being fully vaccinated at the door. Those under the age of twelve who are unvaccinated, and those with a medical condition or religious belief that prohibit vaccination, must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Once inside the theater, everyone must wear a mask throughout the duration of the performance (except when actively eating or drinking).