VIDEO. Broadway prolonge la fermeture des théâtres

Les théâtres de Broadway, à New York, demeureront fermés jusqu’à au moins mai 2021. C’est l’annonce qui a été faite vendredi dernier par la Broadway League, le syndicat représentant les producteurs et propriétaires de théâtres. En juin dernier, ils espéraient encore pouvoir rouvrir en janvier.

« Avec près de 97.000 travailleurs qui comptent sur Broadway pour vivre et une économie annuelle qui représente 14,8 milliards de dollars au niveau de la ville, nous nous engageons à rouvrir dès que les conditions nous le permettront. Nous travaillons sans relâche avec de nombreux partenaires pour maintenir l’industrie une fois que nous pourrons de nouveau lever les rideaux », a déclaré Charlotte St. Martin, présidente de la
Broadway League.

Une année faste

Lors de l’avant-dernière saison, de mai 2018 à mai 2019, 1,83 milliard de dollars de tickets ont été vendus pour les spectacles de Broadway. La saison la plus rentable de l’histoire selon le rapport annuel de la Broadway League. Alors que tous les théâtres ont fermé leurs portes le 12 mars dernier à cause de la
pandémie, il est certain que les résultats de la dernière saison seront moins mirobolants, sans même parler de la présente saison qui n’aura tout bonnement pas eu lieu.

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"I grew up in Florida. When I was in high school, I had to take an elective and took drama. I was a shy kid—it broke me out of that. I went to Florida State University and got my Bachelor’s in music and musical theater. I came to New York with hardly any money at all and moved in with my college buddies. I started auditioning and working temp jobs. I met my wife on tour in Big The Musical. Umpteen million years later, here we are….July of 2012 was when I became a fulltime swing in the show. Being a Broadway performer is everything I've dreamed of. I miss seeing everybody and getting to play around with them onstage. It’s a great family. I can’t wait to do what we love and make people feel something other than the stress of the last few months….During the [Thursday matinee before the shutdown], our stage manager came over the loudspeaker and gave us the heads up that the subways were going to shut down. They had told us by intermission that we were going to finish the show, but we would not have an evening show that night. It was scary. I just wanted to be sure I got to my family before the subways shut down. We’re all in the biz. My wife's over at HARRY POTTER. My son played young Charlie in KINKY BOOTS. It was one of the most amazing things my wife and I ever experienced, watching him….I understand 99 percent of us are out of work right now. But if making a career in the theater is your passion, keep going for your dream. Sending your kid to college right now to pursue something that is currently on hold—it’s scary. But maybe that kid has the idea that gets us past this. One way or another: theater is coming back.” . Greg Mills of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA photographed by Matthew Stocke outside the Majestic Theatre . Living near the theater district during the Broadway shutdown, photographer and performer Matthew Stocke has been haunted walking past the empty theater palaces sitting in repose, waiting for the lights and stars to return. In this new Broadway.com photo feature, he reunites members of the theater community with their Broadway home #AwayFromHome @mattjamesphotostudio

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Un désastre pour l’économie new-yorkaise alors que d’innombrables hôtels, restaurants et autres services dépendent directement de la fréquentation de la fameuse avenue.

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