On March 12, 2020, New York’s Governor Cuomo prohibited large gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Broadway officially closed. Two-time Tony-winning diva Patti LuPone told The New York Times, “The idea that our venerable, majestic houses are dark, and that there will be no lights on Broadway — I’m romanticizing, but that’s the heartbeat of the city, and to think that they’ve been forced into darkness is shocking.” But, she quickly added, “I’m shocked that they took this tack, but also grateful they did, just to keep us healthy.”
The original plan was to keep the “great white way” dark for one month. City officials and theater producers believed that the threat of COVID-19 would pass in weeks. We all did.
Closing the 41 Broadway theaters (and countless smaller venues off- and…