As we mark two years of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we remember the 966K American lives lost to Covid-19 so far.
We remember the commitment, sacrifice, skill, determination, and love of our health care professionals, essential workers, and scientists who have given their all to get us through what we hope are the worst days of this horrible disease. We owe them a debt that can never be repaid but acknowledging them with respect and gratitude is a start.
Two years ago, we were warned to expect “major disruptions to everyday life,” but had no concept of what that would actually mean. The deadly public health crisis which upended every facet of life as we knew it seems like a lifetime and it’s hard to grasp everything that happened in a relatively short time. Last night, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert opened with a look back at how it all began. It’s both hilarious and stunning in how short sighted we all we were taking the pandemic.
March 12th also marks the day, Broadway went dark when the Governor of New York ordered theatres to close.
What was originally slated to be a “30 Day Shutdown” soon became Memorial Day, then Labor Day, and New Years. The first anniversary of the shutdown came and went, but with vaccination efforts the lights of the Great White Way started to flicker back on last September. Still it hasn’t been easy and Omicron caused setbacks but slowly shows are opening again and the lights are getting brighter and brighter.
And our Queen has returned to Broadway!
Did you think we’d show Patti LuPone singing in Company? Buy a ticket and support live theatre!
Broadway and entertainment industry professional, some 97K people, would not have gotten through the last two years if not for the tireless work of BroadwayCares/Equity Fights AIDS who immediately jumped into action and started an Emergency COVID Assistance Fund. Despite the absence of full in-theater fundraising efforts for more than two years, Broadway Cares has awarded $35 million in grants since March 2020.
If you’re able please consider supporting BC/EFA directly through the link below. Thank You!
Starting next week, the Red Bucket brigade will be back in the theatres accepting donations as the annual “Easter Bonnet Competition” returns. The fund-raising drive culminates in a live performance when the grand total collected is announced and what has become know as the BC/EFA anthem is sung as the traditional finale. There’s nothing like being together again in the theatre with live performances. Please come join us, we’ve missed you!