July 2, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .


1 – Broadway is Officially Back! 

If you haven’t heard, Broadway is officially . . . finally . . . BACK! Springsteen on Broadway reopened at the St. James theater last weekend, welcoming fans back into live theater. Find more details and insider pictures from opening night below.

Read more: www.playbill.com 


2 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Will Return to Broadway as One Show

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was originally staged as a two part production, will return to Broadway this November as one singular performance. The restaged production will reopen at the Lyric Theater this November. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to have to take another trip to Hogwarts to see what the creative team has come up with for the show’s return! 

Read more: www.nytimes.com 

3 – Black Theatre United Plans to Present its Reforms to Broadway

Following the Commercial Theatre Summit this spring, Black Theatre United plans to offer its New Deal to Broadway. The deal, which will present both short and long term reforms to the industry, will further the program’s goals of ensuring an equitable future for Black individuals in theatre. Read more about the Summit and BTU below. 

Read more: www.playbill.com  


4 – A Welcome Return to Midtown

I know, I know, Times Square gets a bad rep. But, maybe surprisingly, it’s been one of the places many New Yorkers are so anxious to get back to. Read one NYC-er’s growing admiration for Midtown as the city begins to open back up.

Read more: www.nytimes.org/  


5 – Wicked Will Film in Atlanta, Thanks to Some Encouragement

It looks like the Wicked movie adaptation, directed by In The Heights’s Jon M. Chu, will be spending more than ‘one short day’ in Atlanta when production begins later this year. After considering pulling production out of Georgia due to new voting restrictions, composer Stephen Schwartz received a compelling call from Stacey Abrams asking the project to continue in the state. Read more below about how Wicked plans to continue production and support Georgians at the same time.

Read more: www.forbes.com  


Fun on a Friday: 

Watch the first peak at the new Cinderella movie, starring Camilla Cabello, Idina Mendzel, and Billy Porter as Cinderella’s Fab G! 


Watch the video here: 


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