NY Gov: Broadway Will Reopen At Full Capacity In September

Broadway's HAMILTON at the Richard Rodgers Theater
(photo: Sudan Ouyang)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference this morning that Broadway shows will be able to reopen September 14.

Beginning tomorrow, May 6, producers will be able to put tickets on sale – wait for it – at 100% capacity.

More from the New York Times:

Why the four-month wait? With as many as eight shows a week to fill, and the tourists who make up an important part of their customer base yet to return, producers need time to advertise and market. They need to reassemble and rehearse casts who have been out of work for more than a year. And they need to sort out and negotiate safety protocols.

But the biggest reason is more gut-based: individually and collectively, they are trying to imagine when large numbers of people are likely to feel comfortable traveling to Times Square, funneling through cramped lobbies and walking down narrow aisles to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers.

The Times mentions that long-running mega-hits Wicked, The Lion King, and Hamilton are already planning their announcements to reopen next week.

Aladdin, Chicago, Come From Away and American Utopia are also looking strong to reopen in September.