Monday, April 19, 2021
Home World For 36 minutes on Saturday, Broadway was open.

For 36 minutes on Saturday, Broadway was open.

Three hundred and eighty-seven days after Broadway went darkish, a faint mild began to glimmer on Saturday.

There have been simply two performers — the faucet dancer Savion Glover and the actor Nathan Lane, each of them Tony Award winners — on a naked Broadway stage. But collectively they conjured up a long time of theater lore.

The 36-minute occasion, earlier than a masked viewers of 150 scattered throughout an auditorium with 1,700 seats, was the primary such experiment for the reason that coronavirus pandemic pressured all 41 Broadway homes to shut on March 12, 2020.

Glover carried out an improvisational song-and-dance quantity wherein he appeared to summon specters of productions previous — “A Chorus Line,” “The Tap Dance Kid,” “Dreamgirls,” “42nd Street.” He additionally made a pointed reference to Black life within the U.S., interpolating the phrase “knee-on-your-neck America” right into a music from “West Side Story.”

Lane, considered one of Broadway’s largest stars, carried out a comedic monologue by Paul Rudnick, wherein he portrayed a die-hard theater fan who goals (or was it actual?) {that a} parade of Broadway stars, led by Hugh Jackman, Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, arrive at his rent-controlled condo and proceed to vie for his consideration whereas dishily one-upping one different.

The St. (*36*), a metropolis historic landmark inbuilt 1927, was chosen partly as a result of it’s large — and empty. The theater additionally has a contemporary HVAC system, and its air filters have been upgraded through the pandemic in an effort to scale back the unfold of airborne viruses.

The occasion, whereas free, was invitation solely, and the invites went principally to employees for 2 theater trade social service organizations, the Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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