Broadway lights up again after COVID-19 closures

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Closed broadway theaters during the coronavirus pandemic on April 08, 2020 in New York City. The Broadway League announced today that theaters will remain closed until June 7, effectively ending the 2019-2020 season. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Closed broadway theaters during the coronavirus pandemic on April 08, 2020 in New York City. The Broadway League announced today that theaters will remain closed until June 7, effectively ending the 2019-2020 season. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 08: Closed Broadway theaters during the coronavirus pandemic on April 08, 2020 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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Broadway has lit up again after being closed for more than a year.

Actor Nathan Lane and world-renowned tap dancer Savion Glover performed pieces to a masked, socially distanced crowd at the St. James Theatre on Saturday.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 15: The St. James Theatre remains closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on May 15, 2020 in New York City. Disney's "Frozen," which was previously showing at Broadway's St. James Theatre, has announced its permanent closure. All Broadway theaters will remain dark through at least September 7, 2020. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 15: The St. James Theatre shown on May 15, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

 

Lane performed a piece called “Playbills,” that told the story of a Broadway super-fan living through the pandemic without theatre.

Viewers and performers alike voiced their excitement to be back, despite having to abide by COVID-19 rules while at the theatre.

“I was comfortable, I was comfortable,” audience member Zana McDowell said. “It’s kind of weird being spaced out like that, but, you know, we got to do that because of the pandemic.”

The theatre’s owner Jordan Roth said it was “the beginning of coming home.”

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