Both performers acquired standing ovations and delivered encores to the emotional crowd.
The occasion is the first of 10 deliberate on Broadway over the subsequent 10 weeks, “a pilot program devised to create a working model within which Broadway Theatres can ultimately reopen safely,” NY PopsUp, the organizer, mentioned in a press release.
One attendee mentioned the efficiency had her “smiling so hard” behind her masks.
“I think I was smiling every second, just feeling, being in a room with people again and having a shared human experience was incredible,” Susan Slotoroff mentioned outdoors the theater. “My heart was like beating out of my chest, you could feel the excitement and anticipation and just positive energy in the room.”
“Broadway is the heartbeat of New York City,” mentioned Slotoroff, who’s with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a nonprofit that raises funds for HIV/AIDS-related causes.
All 41 Broadway theaters have been closed since March 12, 2020, due to the pandemic.