Deadline: Broadway’s Covid-Hit ‘Paradise Square’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘A Strange Loop’ Cancel Additional Performances

Deadline: Broadway’s Covid-Hit ‘Paradise Square’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘A Strange Loop’ Cancel Additional Performances. “Also today, the Broadway productions of Macbeth, starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga, and the Pulitzer-winning A Strange Loop canceled tonight’s performances as both shows recover from recent Covid cases. The two productions are expected to resume performances on Tuesday, April 12. Both shows had previously canceled last week’s performances due to Covid cases within their casts and companies, and had expected to return today.”

New York Times: Now Is the Winter of Broadway’s Discontent

New York Times: Now Is the Winter of Broadway’s Discontent. “The reopening of Broadway last summer, following the longest shutdown in history, provided a jolt of energy to a city ready for a rebound: Bruce Springsteen and block parties, eager audiences and enthusiastic actors. But the Omicron variant that has barreled into the city, sending coronavirus case counts soaring, is now battering Broadway, leaving the industry facing an unexpected and enormous setback on its road back from the pandemic.”

TimeOut New York: Broadway launches website to track what shows are playing

TimeOut New York: Broadway launches website to track what shows are playing. “As New York’s live entertainment world reacts to increasing concerns about a return wave of COVID, the Broadway League is taking action to keep audiences informed. The trade association has launched a new website… to help potential spectators track Broadway schedules week by week, with the most current information available on performance times and cancelations.”

Playbill: Personal Letters From Late Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim Collected in New Instagram Account

Playbill: Personal Letters From Late Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim Collected in New Instagram Account . “A new Instagram account… collects personal correspondence from late Broadway titan Stephen Sondheim, the groundbreaking composer-lyricist behind such musicals as Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Company, and Sunday in the Park with George.”

BBC: The Broadway dancer whose lockdown business bloomed

BBC: The Broadway dancer whose lockdown business bloomed. “When the pandemic closed New York’s theatres, thousands of performers found themselves out of work – some were even unable to pay for their health insurance. One top dancer quickly opened a business, inspired by a gift from a fan, which gave people a way to express affection during lockdown.”

“I Was The One Who Broke Broadway”: Meet The First Usher To Test Positive For COVID (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “I Was The One Who Broke Broadway”: Meet The First Usher To Test Positive For COVID. “On March 11, 2020, the lights of Broadway in New York City were still shining bright. But as curtains rose in theaters around Times Square, one member of the Broadway community, an usher and aspiring actor named Peter McIntosh, was lying in a hospital bed, just hours after arriving with a positive diagnosis he’d received that day for COVID-19.”

Washington Post: New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain.

Washington Post: New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain.. “For months now, Thomas Schumacher’s dining room table has been taken over by a master list of every Broadway show that’s seeking to reopen or schedule an opening night — from the established ‘The Lion King’ to the new ‘Diana: A True Musical Story.’ Since the pandemic-related shutdowns, the Disney Theatrical Group president and his colleagues have been working through various scenarios to get New York theater back on its feet. But a half-year into an ongoing human tragedy and economic calamity that has drained the cultural lifeblood of the city, neither Schumacher — who is also chairman of the Broadway League trade group — nor anyone else knows for sure when the nation’s premier performing arts district will start up again.”

New York Times: How to Birth a New American Theater

New York Times: How to Birth a New American Theater. “Playwrights awaiting their breakthroughs no less than producers awaiting their windfalls instantly faced a future that had literally gone dark. But what if the end of the business-as-usual party were actually the start of a new dream of what theater could be in New York — and by extension in the rest of the country? It’s not as if the shotgun marriage of art and industry that for decades decided what and whom we see onstage had produced an equitable, or even a sensible, result.”

BBC: Broadway workers fight to stay afloat with theatres closed

BBC: Broadway workers fight to stay afloat with theatres closed. “On 12 March, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered Broadway’s 41 theatres to close as the coronavirus pandemic spread through the city. The shows, with their hundreds of closely packed seats, presented a high risk for Covid-19 to spread among the audience. In June, the industry announced that closures would extend until January next year.”