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Broadway theaters to loosen mask policy in July
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Broadway theaters to loosen mask policy in July

Broadway theaters in New York City will make mask wearing optional in July, the Broadway League announced Tuesday. The news comes as theaters and entertainment venues across the country continue to further relax COVID-19 restrictions. Starting July 1, all 41 Broadway theaters will no longer require audience members to wear masks during shows. Mask wearing is still encouraged, the Broadway League said, but will not be enforced by staff. "Millions of people enjoyed the unique magic of Broadway by watching the 75th Tony Award Ceremony recently," Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement. "Millions more have experienced Broadway LIVE in theatres in New York City and throughout the U.S., since we reopened last fall. We're thrilled to welcome even more of our pas...
“A Strange Loop” playwright Michael R. Jackson on his emotional autobiography
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“A Strange Loop” playwright Michael R. Jackson on his emotional autobiography

"A Strange Loop," the Broadway musical that's drawn rave reviews and earned 11 Tony nominations, centers on a very unlikely lead character: A young Black gay man named Usher who is working as an usher at a Broadway show, and is writing a musical about a young Black gay man named Usher who is working as an usher at a Broadway show – all while cycling through his own self-hatred.The entire show – book, music and lyrics – was written by 41-year-old Michael R. Jackson, who grew up in a middle-class family in Detroit. He spent almost two decades working on "A Strange Loop." Outside the Lyceum Theater, where a poster heralded his Tony nominations for best book and best score, correspondent Rita Braver asked Jackson, "Doesn't get any better than that?" "It do...
Theater increasing staff after Jesse Williams naked video leak
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Theater increasing staff after Jesse Williams naked video leak

Video and still images of a nude Jesse Williams taken during a Broadway performance began circulating earlier this week, prompting the Second Stage Theater in New York City to announce it would be adding more staffers to combat the issue of theatergoers using phones during performances. Williams is currently starring in a revival of "Take Me Out" at the venue. The images were leaked online earlier this week, prompting swift reaction from the theater company, actors' union and Williams' fellow cast-members. The theater announced on Tuesday it will be adding additional staff members to enforce its policy prohibiting photos and video being taken during performances.According to Deadline, the theater will also install an infrared camera system to monitor the audience. Second Stage did ...