The Tony Award winners headlined the first live show inside a Broadway venue in more than a year, a moment curator Zack Winokur said was beautiful and 'quite surreal' to witness.
The lights were back on at the St. James Theatre — if only for less than 40 minutes.
On Saturday (April 3), the St. James Theatre opened doors for a performance for the first time in more than a year, marking the first time a Broadway venue hosted live entertainment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The show was part of NY PopsUp, a statewide initiative developed by producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal in coordination with the New York State Council on the Arts and Empire State Development as a way to celebrate and jump-start the arts.
It featured only two performers, Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Savion Glover, performing for 150 masked guests (in a theatre with a capacity of 1,710). The audience was comprised exclusively of frontline workers at the Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and the performance kicked off a pilot program designed to serve as a model for Broadway houses to reopen safely. On-site, the St. James Theatre employed COVID-19 compliance officers to help ensure all CDC and NY DOH guidelines were met and/or exceeded.