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re: Broadway’s Reopening Fears Amid COVID-19: “There’s So Much We Still Don’t Know” (THR)
Posted by: ryhog 02:02 pm EDT 07/23/21
In reply to: re: Broadway’s Reopening Fears Amid COVID-19: “There’s So Much We Still Don’t Know” (THR) - mikem 01:04 pm EDT 07/23/21

I expected that, when the time came for shows to be able to perform again in an economically viable way, we would see a few open shortly thereafter and that others would cautiously tiptoe back as they could see what was happening. (I had said early on that I thought we would see 6 or so shows early this Fall.) A funny thing happened on the way to that approach. Gargantuan amounts of money were thrown at producers and all of a sudden everyone was opening/reopening asap. On the one hand, those grants were wonderful; on another, I fear, they were tragic. As we see what's happening in London, and as we watch the goings on at the Delacorte this week and at Yankee Stadium [etc etc] (from which, hopefully, we can learn some things even though no one doubts that outdoors is easier than in), I don't like the writing I see on the wall, and I hope we are not about to have a cultural pandemic of our own making. I am and have been an optimist but I agree there are a lot of question marks and I am not confident. I pray I am wrong.
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