The Broadway event looks a little brighter after some reassuring remarks from Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday.
Fauci, the first infectious disease specialist at U.S. Centers for Disease Control, told Evan Roider, music director for the “Wicked” national tour, that theaters will see a “gradual return to normalcy.” “throughout 2020 and 2021.
The comments were slightly different from that last week when Fauci said the safety of theaters could be compromised for a year or more while the new coronavirus continues to ravage the country.
Roider had contacted Fauci asking for any indication of when the theater would return. He wrote in a now viral Facebook post that he wasn’t expecting an answer – but Fauci wrote again with in-depth reflection on the situation.
“Depending on the level of infection in a state / city / community, I may see theaters opening with attention to varying degrees of disguise, reduced capacity, and attention to other public health issues,” Fauci said. he wrote.
“As vaccines control the virus more and more, we can predict a significant decrease in restrictive public health measures so that we will gradually approach the true ‘normal’ as we move into 2021.”
Broadway has been closed for nearly six months since the coronavirus hit New York in early March. From now on, the productions will be performed on January 3 with various shows that reopen throughout the month.
London’s West End announced Monday that they will resume October production on a rolling basis with guidelines applied to social distance and reduced ability.