It has been nearly a year since Broadway closed its doors due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.  Millions of dollars have been lost after thousands of productions were shutdown, and putting hundreds of performers and craftsmen out of work.

The Broadway League has estimated that it will be some time this summer before theatres could once again open.

However, thanks to a PopsUp initiative in New York, a few venues may be allowed to open next month.  Included in the list are St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Apollo, and the Music Box Theatre.

Beginning in April The Music Box will be offering some pop up performances to the public, many of which will be free.  With safety measures in mind; exact programming and the scheduling have not been released. 

While dates, times, and locations have yet to be announced; Renee Fleming, Hugh Jackman, Billy Porter, Sutton Foster, Idina Menzel, Kelli O’Hara, Danielle Brooks, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rhiannon Giddens have all signed on to participate in Pop Up performances.

Some indoor venues that have been designated “Flex Venues” will also be allowed to open beginning April 2.  Events will require social distancing with a capacity of 150 people or 33 percent and require a negative Covid test.  Flex Venues include Park Avenue Armory, St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Shed, Harlem Stage, The Apollo, La MaMa, and National Black Theatre.

The venues will work with the New York State Department of Health in order to make the venues and performances as safe as possible.