Broadway is Back! Stars react on social to New York theatre reopening
After months of anticipation, it’s finally, really happening. Pass Over, which became the first new play to open on Broadway last month, was joined last week by the reopenings of Waitress and Hadestown, the first musicals to reopen post-shutdown. With more openings and reopenings slated for every coming week, it’s clear: Broadway is back and bustling.
It’s a moment worth documenting, and many already have. Broadway stars have taken to social media to share their excitement for the grand reopening of Broadway. They’ve posted rehearsal photos, celebrations of show openings, and general shouts of excitement for theatre’s return. In case you’ve missed any, we’ve rounded up some of the joyous social posts by Broadway talent proving, with photographic evidence, that theatre is live and thriving again.
The longtime Chicago star and incoming Velma Kelly is ready to take the spotlight.
Nik Walker, who plays Temptations star Otis Williams, gave his followers a taste of the effortless harmonies audiences can expect from him and his fellow Temptations.
James Harkness, who plays Paul Williams, posted a rehearsal video of his own to get audiences ready for Ain’t Too Proud.
The Moulin Rouge’s newest Satine gave a shoutout to her co-star, Aaron Tveit, and the rest of the Moulin Rouge! Team. Can-can this get any more touching?
Is Shoba Narayan’s emotional reflection on playing Jasmine making anyone else cry?
Sara Bareilles, ahead of her return to the role of Jenna, teased the opening of Waitress a week beforehand. I’ll take a slice of Welcome Back to Broadway pie, please.
Drew Gehling, who is returning to his role as Dr. Pomatter in Waitress, also gave his followers a mouthwatering taste of the live theatre experience.
Amanda Kloots, the wife of the late Broadway actor Nick Cordero, attended the opening night performance of Waitress dedicated to his memory. She posted multiple times about the performance, including this heartfelt message of support for the show.
What is this feeling? It’s excitement at seeing Lindsay Pearce and Ginna Claire Mason onstage as Elphaba and Glinda again.
Jagged Little Pill doesn’t reopen until October 21, but Kathryn Gallagher, who plays Bella Fox, is already getting pumped.
Some official show pages, like that of David Byrne’s American Utopia, got audiences excited with a rehearsal snap.
Six offered a whole video of rehearsal footage featuring the Queens and their fabulous bedazzled boots.
Hadestown was well-represented on social media ahead of opening night. Reeve Carney, who stars as Orpheus, gave his followers a glimpse into his dressing room (and his hair transformation).
Eva Noblezada rolled her excitement about her favorite T-shirt and the return of Hadestown into one.
Hadestown’s creator, Anaïs Mitchell, kept it short and sweet.
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Finally, Jimmy Fallon’s been anticipating Broadway’s return since June, and now that shows have returned, this clip is even more exciting. Anyone else have “You’ll Be Back” stuck in their head now?