Positive test before opening the night
Thirty minutes before the curtain on the night of September 2, a “waitress” company led by Sara Bareilles was on stage at the Ethel Barrymore Theater for one of these bizarre theater rituals, the Opening Night Ceremony. Gathered for. The chorus member with the most credits on Broadway laps three laps in a quilt robe, inviting other actors to go to each dressing room to congratulate them.
The “waitress” legacy robe ceremony was stranger than usual. Anastasia McCleskey, the recipient of the robe, was not present. Although she had been vaccinated, she tested positive for the coronavirus and was quarantined at home.
what to do? Theatrical artists can’t be said to be witty, so another cast member calls McCleskey on FaceTime, raises the phone, wears a robe, runs a rap, and sits in the dressing room with a virtual McCleskey. visited.
And yeah, the show continued with an understudy instead of McCleskey.
Production during a pandemic is complicated. There are upgraded air filtration systems, digital tickets, disinfectants everywhere, and frequent tests.
There is a whole new occupation: Covid-19 Safety Officer. Disney has six theater divisions and oversees 500 tests daily in the company’s four American productions.
And for at least a while, fans can forget about behind-the-scenes tours and self-portraits on stage doors.
Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, which runs five Broadway homes, said:
Broadway’s greatest safety precautions require all people over the age of 12 (spectators and employees) to be vaccinated (children can test negative for coronavirus) and everyone except performers. Is to wear a mask.