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  • Beginning May 1, Broadway vaccine mandates were relaxed. Whereas all Broadway theatres used to require proof of vaccination, most Broadway shows no longer require proof of vaccination for adults or children. Mandatory mask-wearing was lifted on July 1, at which point masks became optional for audiences of all ages at most shows. Read below for current information on the masking and vaccination requirements for children at all Broadway shows, as well as family-friendly Off-Broadway shows. This...

  • Brittney Johnson in Wicked

    They'll call her wonderful! Brittney Johnson will step into the role of Glinda in Wicked on Broadway beginning February 14. She will take over from Ginna Claire Mason, who is currently starring as Glinda.Johnson's past Broadway credits include Les Misérables, Motown, Sunset Boulevard, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls. She is currently in Wicked as the standby for Glinda, and when she assumes the role full-time in 2022, Johnson will be the first Black...

  • Sidney Poitier

    Producers Ron Gillyard, Anika Poitier, and Barry Krost are bringing a new play titled Sidney to Broadway at a date to be announced. The show, written by Charles Randolph-Wright and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, is based on the 2000 autobiography of Sidney Poitier titled The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography.Poitier, now 94 and retired, had a long career as an actor, activist, filmmaker, and diplomat. Poitier was born in Miami but grew up in the Bahamas, and he moved to New York at...

  • Live theatre is back, though the Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet. Theatres have implemented many protocols to keep theatre workers and audiences safe, including testing and vaccination requirements, mask-wearing, increased cleaning, and more, but shows have occasionally had to cancel performances if company members or workers test positive for Covid-19, or if a cast member comes down with a different illness or injury. Below, find information on Broadway and Off-Broadway shows that have had to...

  • UPDATE: The Broadway League will require children to be vaccinated from December 14 on in accordance with de Blasio's new Key to NYC guidelines. In a statement on December 8, the League said, "Children ages 5 - 11 may enter the theatre only when (1) accompanied by an adult who complies with the theatre's vaccination entry requirements, and (2) has proof of at least one dose of an FDA or WHO approved vaccine."New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new vaccine mandates for children attending...

  • Planning a trip to NYC? It simply wouldn't be complete without seeing a Broadway show (or even a few). New York is a theatre capital of the world with hundreds of shows to discover on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and beyond. And if you're looking to see as much theatre as you can while you're here, you're in the right place.Here's how to make the most of your trip to New York, whether you're here for a whirlwind weekend or an extended stay. Read on for Broadway ticket buying tips, plus...

  • Stephen Sondheim

    In the wake of Stephen Sondheim's death at age 91 on November 26, choruses of "Sunday," the glorious first act finale of his art-themed Sunday in the Park with George, rose up in Times Square and Central Park and beyond in New York. Personal recollections about the legendary Broadway composer and lyricist by friends, colleagues, and critics likewise have been shared.My own such story is but a fragment, a single fleck of color, perhaps, in a sea of blue, purple, yellow, red. I once had an amiable...

  • Slave Play

    The Broadway production of Slave Play at the August Wilson Theatre will host a digital lottery for performances beginning on December 1. The play began performances November 23 and will open on December 2.Lottery tickets will be $25 each, and each entrant can request one or two tickets per performance. The lottery opens for entries each Monday at noon for that week's performances, and it closes the day before each performance at 9:59 a.m. Winners will be notified at 11 a.m. the day before their...

  • Stephen Sondheim, widely regarded as the most influential theatre composer/lyricist of the 20th century, has died at 91 years old. His career has spanned more than 50 years, including work in both theatre and film.Sondheim wrote a total of 19 musicals between 1954 and 2008, many of which are considered musical theatre classics. After writing the musical Saturday Night in 1954 that wasn't staged in the U.S. until 1999, he made his Broadway debut as the lyricist for West Side Story in 1957 and...

  • Uzo Aduba in Clyde's

    Clyde's, the new Broadway play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, will livestream the last two weeks of its run from January 4-16. The livestreams are intended for audiences who are unable to attend a New York show in person and will take place during performances of the show at the Hayes Theater, where an in-person audience will also be in attendance.The play, produced by Second Stage Theater, will be the second show in the company's season to have a digital viewing option. Second...

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