Broadway Restart Accelerates as ‘Hadestown’ Plans Its Return

“Hadestown,” the final present to win a Tony Award for finest musical earlier than the coronavirus pandemic shut down the theater trade, introduced Monday that it’s planning to renew performances on Sept. 2, practically two weeks earlier than some other Broadway reveals have set their reopening date.

The present’s producers mentioned that they had consulted with the workplace of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as nicely as the Broadway League on their plan. They mentioned tickets would go on sale June 11.

“One of the themes of the show is imagining how the world could be, and we think it’s important to bring that hope and optimism to Broadway in this moment,” mentioned Mara Isaacs, one of many present’s lead producers. She mentioned that “Hadestown” needed to open in early September for logistical causes — the inventive crew is juggling the Broadway reopening with a brand new manufacturing in Korea and a North American tour — but additionally as a result of “we felt we had a responsibility to get people back to work as quickly as possible.”

Broadway’s 41 theaters have been closed since March 12, 2020, and till now the earliest resumption date has been Sept. 14, a date chosen by three juggernauts, “Wicked,” “The Lion King” and “Hamilton,” for a bunch reopening. Two different reveals, the long-running revival of “Chicago” and “Lackawanna Blues,” a solo play by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, are additionally planning to start out performances that evening.

It is feasible that plans by “Hadestown” to start out earlier will immediate different producers in New York to rethink their very own scheduling. Virus-related restrictions within the metropolis have been easing in latest weeks, though it stays unclear when the vacationer market that has in recent times been a key a part of the Broadway financial system will rebound.

Isaacs mentioned she can be high-quality if different reveals opted to open early as nicely. “This is not about being first,” she mentioned. “Every producer has to look at what is in the best interests of their show.”

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“Hadestown,” written by the singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, is a up to date adaptation of the traditional fable of Orpheus and Eurydice. The musical gained eight Tony Awards, together with one of the best musical prize, as nicely as one for Mitchell’s rating, and one for the director, Rachel Chavkin.

The present started performances within the spring of 2019, and had been seen by 371,000 individuals earlier than the shutdown; the producers mentioned they imagine there stays a big potential viewers in Greater New York of theater lovers who had not seen “Hadestown” earlier than the pandemic, as nicely as a base of superfans who’re wanting to see it once more.

Twenty-six reveals have now introduced dates in the course of the 2021-22 Broadway season. Among them: “Girl from the North Country,” a musical that includes the songs of Bob Dylan that opened only a week earlier than theaters shut down. The producers of that musical mentioned Monday, which is Dylan’s 80th birthday, that they might resume performances Oct. 13.

Broadway producers are planning to open their reveals at full capability, which means no social distancing, and with necessary masks, though it’s unclear how altering circumstances within the nation may have an effect on that. Thus far no reveals are planning to require patrons to indicate proof of vaccination, however “Hamilton” has mentioned it expects to mandate vaccinations for forged and crew.

The “Hadestown” announcement advises that “protocols may include mask enforcement, increased cleaning and ventilation/filtration enhancements, vaccination or negative test verification.” Isaacs mentioned it was too quickly to be extra particular.

“If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that things will likely change between now and when we reopen, so it’s not smart to make a decision today about what protocols will be required in September,” she mentioned. “We will do whatever science and public health officials tell us is appropriate.”