‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Wicked’ Creators Welcome Back Broadway

Lin-Manuel Miranda felt joyful seeing Elmo in Times Square.

Julie Taymor sees visible poetry in a second the place the viewers, in addition to her characters, are masked.

And Stephen Schwartz is simply blissful to see audiences once more.

The artistic minds behind “Hamilton,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked” are delighted that their reveals are working once more. But, much more necessary, they’re relieved that theater is again.

“People are ready,” mentioned Taymor, the director of “The Lion King,” “and it’s time.”

Schwartz, the composer and lyricist of “Wicked,” mentioned the lengthy months of streaming have been no substitute for reside theater.

“The thing about live theater is it’s a community, not just onstage, but with the audience the whole theater becomes a community, and we’ve just really really missed that,” he mentioned. “You can’t equal that experience on screens — on little screens or even big screens — it’s just not the same as live people and a live audience and what happens every night between them and among them in that theater. That’s irreplaceable.”

The three creators spoke to The New York Times in a joint interview Tuesday afternoon as they ready for their very own reveals to open. They had determined to open on the identical evening to name consideration to Broadway and to sign that the trade is open, prepared for guests and prioritizing security (all theatergoers should be vaccinated, besides kids underneath 12, and masked).

“Broadway is a huge part of New York City — what defines New York City, and the economy of New York City,” Schwartz mentioned. “So we are really thrilled to be back, and we want everyone out there to know it’s safe to come and join us.”

Taymor mentioned theater has a very necessary position to play in instances when the world is confronting so many challenges. “This is what we do as theater people, especially in the dark times,” she mentioned. “This is exactly what we’re here for — we’re here to inspire and excite.”

Miranda, who not solely wrote “Hamilton” but in addition starred within the unique manufacturing, mentioned he was relieved to see theater again.

“There was a lot of fear that this day would never come,” he mentioned. “Just even walking over here and seeing Times Square bustling, and seeing Elmo again, and I saw the line around the TKTS booth for the first time in a year and change, and so I’m just really thrilled that theater’s back.”