This is a time of both celebration and uncertainty for the New York theater industry, which is in the process of reopening following a shutdown dating back to March 12, 2020. Broadway shows resuming performances in September 2021 alone include Hadestown, Waitress, Chicago, Hamilton, Wicked, The Lion King, Six, Come From Away, American Utopia, Moulin Rouge!, and Aladdin.

In July 2020, I wrote an article for the New York Law Journal regarding the legal issues for the theater industry posed by COVID-19. I also gave CLE presentations for the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and my colleagues at Herzfeld & Rubin. With the reopening of Broadway now in full swing, this would be an ideal opportunity to further delve into the topic and address new developments.

The Shutdown