At the request of company members of Broadway’s The Minutes, producers introduced right this moment that audiences can be required to proceed masking via the play’s ultimate efficiency on Sunday, July 24, almost a month after Broadway at massive will shift to a masks non-obligatory coverage.
The Minutes, on the Studio 54 theater, turns into the second manufacturing – following American Buffalo – to increase the masks mandate via their closing nights. (American Buffalo at Circle within the Square closed July 10.)
According to current experiences, six of the 11 cast members of The Minutes had been out sick with Covid in mid-June.
The masks non-obligatory coverage was introduced by The Broadway League, the commerce group representing theater house owners and producers, earlier this month. The new coverage permits particular person productions to set their very own protocols.
The masks debate comes as New York City’s Covid positivity charges have plateaued and even crept up in current weeks, with every day instances in late June at about 3,333. Hospitalizations have remained constant and relatively low, with demise charges persevering with to say no.
Various high-profile Covid instances amongst Broadway performers have made headlines just lately, with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, each of The Music Man, and Funny Girl‘s Beanie Feldstein among the many cast members who’ve missed performances on account of constructive checks.
Tracy Letts’ The Minutes opened April 17 at Studio 54 for a 16-week engagement. The cast contains Letts, Ian Barford, Blair Brown, Cliff Chamberlain, Danny McCarthy, James Vincent Meredith, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton, Noah Reid and Jeff Still.
As with American Buffalo, the manufacturing workforce is led by Jeffrey Richards, and likewise contains Rebecca Gold, Carl Moellenberg, Spencer Ross and Louise Gund, amongst others.