Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Producer Kevin McCollum Discusses the Challenges of Reopening Broadway, and More

Two of McCollum's recent shows include Six and Mrs. Doubtfire.

As Broadway remains shut down due to the ongoing pandemic, producer Kevin McCollum talked to CBS about his hopes for the future of the industry.

He talked about his most recent musical, Six, which was set to open on March 12, the day the shutdown began.

"We did three-and-a-half weeks of previews, where the theater was filled and it was very exciting. We had a very nice, large advance, and we were getting ready to put a whole 'nother block of tickets on sale," McCollum said. "And I think it was proper, we had to close because the cases started to spike."

While he's hoping to be able to reopen soon, he knows realistically that the time between getting the green light from the city and state, and actually returning to the stage, is long.

"So, if we're told that we can put tickets on sale, let's say today, great. But when can we open? Can put on sale on the 12th, then you can start opening in, hopefully, September," McCollum said. "We need to be on sale at least six months before we do our first show."

Another concern is safety measures in the theatres, when they do finally reopen.

"We're not going to let anyone in this theater, on stage or backstage, if we feel there's any risk of putting them in any peril," he said. "Everyone's going to wear a mask, whether you're vaccinated or not." However, he believes it isn't "practical" to have social distancing in the audience.

McCollum also talked about the challenges of potentially having to re-cast some shows.

"Let's say we have some new cast members. That fabric that we did that whole scene in might not be available because supply chains. We won't know until we come back," McCollum said. "Everyone needs new shoes and they have to be made specifically for you, but the costumers might have left the city because they let their rent go or they moved back home."

However, despite all of these concerns, McCollum remains optimistic.

"I'm very bullish on the future for Broadway. When Broadway is back, New York is back and America is back," McCollum said.

Read more on CBS and watch the full report below:

TodayTix Black Friday

Related Stories

More Hot Stories For You


Suzan-Lori Parks' PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR to Return to The Public in April 2023Suzan-Lori Parks' PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR to Return to The Public in April 2023
December 2, 2022

After a truncated run as a result of several COVID-19 cases in the company, Suzan-Lori Parks’ theatrical concert PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR will be returning for an engagement in The Public Theater's Joe’s Pub in April 2023.

Broadway Actor Quentin Oliver Lee Passes Away at 34Broadway Actor Quentin Oliver Lee Passes Away at 34
December 2, 2022

Broadway actor Quentin Oliver Lee, who most recently starred Off-Broadway in Heather Christian's Oratorio For Living Things, has passed away at age 34 from colon cancer. 

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Faces New Legal TroublesTO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Faces New Legal Troubles
December 2, 2022

In 2019 the producers of the Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird sought to prevent small theaters around the country from staging an earlier dramatization of the novel. Now, the publisher of the earlier adaptation of the novel is seeking the stop the Broadway version of To Kill a Mockingbird from being staged at a variety of venues.

A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICAL Cast Recording Available on CD TodayA BEAUTIFUL NOISE, THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICAL Cast Recording Available on CD Today
December 2, 2022

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical,  produced by Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bob Gaudio, is available today on CD.

Britney Spears Musical ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME Will Open on Broadway in Spring 2023Britney Spears Musical ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME Will Open on Broadway in Spring 2023
December 2, 2022

Once Upon A One More Time, powered by the music of Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears, will open on Broadway this summer at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. Helmed by internally acclaimed, Drama Desk-nominated Director & Choreographers Keone & Mari Madrid (Beyond Babel, Karate Kid), the musical begins previews Saturday, May 13, 2023, and celebrates its opening night on Thursday, June 22, 2023.