There is no such thing as New York City without Broadway. It is a community, an industry, and home to a group of people. Over 96,000 people were forced out of their jobs due to the pandemic, and an entire sector was rendered inoperable.
The narrative of the Broadway community and its difficult journey back to the stage after the shutdown of COVID-19 is told in the documentary Broadway Rising. Broadway is no stranger to taking on tasks of a Herculean nature.
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It has withstood the attacks of September 11, 2001, the rise of the film industry, and the destruction that AIDS has wreaked on a whole generation of artists. Even during the pandemic, numerous organizations on Broadway helped pave the way toward racial fairness in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. But when workers whose livelihoods depend on Broadway found themselves without jobs, it was a difficult mountain to climb to get back to opening night.
This is their journey, from the early, silent moments of concern and self-reflection, to the decision that “the show must go on,” and finally, to the triumph of opening night on September 12, 2021.