Broadway begins its reawakening with the reopening of the August Wilson Theatre

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:

Photo by Deb Miller.
Photo by Deb Miller.
Photo by Deb Miller.
Photo by Deb Miller.
Photo by Deb Miller.
Photo by Deb Miller.
Photo by Deb Miller.
Photo by Deb Miller.
Photo by Deb Miller.
Photo by Deb Miller.

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).

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Deb Miller (PhD, Art History) is the Senior Correspondent and Editor for New York City, where she grew up seeing every show on Broadway. She is an active member of the Outer Critics Circle and served for more than a decade as a Voter, Nominator, and Judge for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Outside of her home base in NYC, she has written and lectured extensively on the arts and theater throughout the world (including her many years in Amsterdam, London, and Venice, and her extensive work and personal connections with Andy Warhol and his circle) and previously served as a lead writer for Stage Magazine, Phindie, and Central Voice.

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