NEW YORK CITY, New York: In a major boost to Covid-weary New Yorkers, Broadway theater tickets have gone on sale for the first time in 18 months.
Theaters shut down when Covid cases began to spread in New York City in March 2020, and theatres have remained closed.
"Broadway is at the core of our New York identity, and a big part of our economy which employs countless performers and show creators," Governor Andrew Cuomo said, as reported by WPIX-TV.
The Broadway League, representing theatres, said in a statement on May 6, "Anticipated dates for each returning and new Broadway production will be announced in the coming weeks on a show-by-show basis as individual productions and their producers determine the performance schedules and timelines for their respective shows."
On May 3, Cuomo announced that New York City restaurants, museums, movie theaters and retail stores will have attendance restrictions lifted on May 19.
While the size of audiences will also be lifted on Broadway on May 19, show producers say they need time to advertise and market before the grand reopening scheduled for Sept. 14.
Producers said they also will continue rehearsing until September since actors have remained idle for 18 months.
Another reason theatres are waiting to open is because they need to be at full capacity to make money. The public will require time before again venturing out, said show producers.
Local media has reported that the world-famous Phantom of the Opera will begin selling tickets this week for performances beginning Oct. 22.
Some 30 shows are to open in Broadway theaters, according to officials.
Industry reports put 2019 ticket receipts on Broadway at $2 billion, drawing almost 15 million customers.