NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The arts return in New York City.
“The office! A musical parody”, on Off-Broadway Musical, is one of the first full performances to have been on stage for over a year.
“I’m just so excited to be back, to bring joy, to make people and entertainment happy,” said actress Emma Brock, who plays Michael Scott in the musical based on the hit television series.
The off-Broadway show is the first musical to return to New York City in over a year since the pandemic began.
It opens on Friday night at the Midtown Theater Center with a 33% capacity.
General Manager Catherine Russell installed a new ventilation system and all actors and staff are vaccinated.
“When the audience comes in, they have to be masked. We will take their temperature, ”said Russell Andrea Grymes of CBS2.
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Broadway shows are not expected to reopen until September, but some of the smaller theaters that host off-Broadway shows reopened last week, with restrictions, along with other small and medium-sized entertainment venues.
This includes the Daryl Roth Theater in Union Square, which Mayor Bill de Blasio visited last Friday.
They host “blindness”, which is referred to as “socially distant sound and light experience”.
“We welcome everyone. I know that you will be comfortable. I promise you will be safe, ”said Daryl Roth.
On Wednesday, the Mayor was present at Lincoln Center for the world premiere of “Restart Stages”. It is an outdoor venue with ten seats for performances and rehearsals.
It’s all a beginning as the place known as “the city that never sleeps” finally awakens.