This made me so jealous I could spit.
Forgive me for the deadly sin I’m about to commit.
I’m ENVIOUS OF AUSTRALIA!Read this article from the NY Times . . . Broadway in Australia has re-opened with productions of Hamilton, Harry Potter, Come From Away and more!
How are they doing it? Well, you’ll have to read the article but it involves robots and app contact tracing . . . and the hardest-piece-of-technology apparently . . . common freekin’ sense.
This should be us. We should be back. Not fully, maybe (our city and our theaters don’t allow for the space that Australians have to spread out – and therefore reduce the spread). But we should have been able to get something back up by now.
Maybe had we had a mask mandate earlier? Maybe if it wasn’t an election year? (Although let’s all be glad that election happened!) Maybe . . .
Ahhh, enough of that. I can’t go there . . .
But honestly, my biggest fear . . . is do you think that this will damage the Broadway brand permanently? Will our status as the theater capital of the world be threatened?
You tell me. Because I’m too jealous to type.
Read the article here.
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