Dr. Fauci on the Return of Theatre: 'We [Could] Gradually Approach True Normal as We Get Through 2021'

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By: Sep. 15, 2020
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Dr. Fauci on the Return of Theatre: 'We [Could] Gradually Approach True Normal as We Get Through 2021'

As we pass six months since the lights of Broadway last lit up the theatre district, much talk has ensued concerning when theatre might realistically return. Evan Roider, Music Director of the Wicked national tour, has been pondering the same question and he turned to Dr. Anthony Fauci for answers.

Roider was surprised to receive a response from the esteemed physician following his reach out. "I wrote to Dr. Fauci on a whim with a question about re-opening theatres, and today, I was greeted with the most gracious, intelligent and honest reply, written personally by Dr. Fauci," he says.

Roider asked for his opinion on the possibility of theatre not re-opening until the end of 2021. Will the world return to a 'pre-pandemic normal'? "To me that means, no masking, no attention to physical distancing, no attention to crowding, i.e. just like it was in December, 2019," said Fauci. "However, and this is a big however, that does not mean that theaters will be shutdown until the end of 2021. Depending on the level of infection in a state/city/community, I can see opening of theaters with attention to varying degrees of masking, reduced capacity, and attention to other public health issues. As vaccines control the virus more and more, we can foresee a significant lessening of restrictive public health measures so that we gradually approach true "normal" as we get through 2021."

As BroadwayWorld reported in June, Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020. Returning productions are currently projected to resume performances over a series of rolling dates in early 2021.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski