Broadway stars swear “We Will Be Back” in the pop-up performance in New York City
On Friday, the theater performers met in New York’s Times Square for a live pop-up show and promised to return to the stage a year after Broadway closed its curtains on the pandemic.
Singers, dancers and actors attended the special, including Broadway stars Matthew Broderick, Chita Rivera and Tamara Tunie, who were delighted to see friends and perform again in front of an audience.
A collection of actors played classic theater hits and an original song, “We Will Be Back”, with costumes from the Broadway shows “Ain’t Too Proud”, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”, “Six”, “Phantom of.” the Opera, “” and “Wicked” also on display.
It was a happy reunion for Tony Award winner Nikki M. James. “It is amazing to see all of my friends, to see that we are fine, and to know that we are very hopeful that we can really, very soon, and safely bring the theater back to New York.”
In March last year, the number of pedestrians in Times Square fell almost overnight from 365,000 people a day to 35,000, said incumbent President and Chief Operating Officer of the Times Square Alliance, Tom Harris. Now, he said, the numbers have risen back to 100,000 in the past few days.
“The closure of Broadway was a tangible symbol of the beginning of this pandemic and how serious it was,” Harris said. “The return of Broadway will also mark the end of the pandemic and all that we have learned from the pandemic.”
Although theaters are estimated to not reopen until September, organizers say the day was a safe and solemn gathering on Broadway. The special live and in-person performance featured the arts and culture professionals, trade unions and individuals that make up the Broadway community.
Broderick, who was rehearsing a new production at the time of the shutdown, said he felt, “Rip Van Winkle … woke up from a year of sleep. It’s a very, very strange feeling.”
“I’m sure for everyone, including the audience, it will be a while before we get back.”
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