Broadway shows to reopen in September

Krystal Joy Brown of "Hamilton," L. Steven Taylor of "The Lion King" and Alexandra Billings of "Wicked" are on hand for the big announcement.
5:08 | 05/11/21

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We are so excited to be back outside in the fresh air and also so excited for our exclusive Broadway announcement from three of the biggest hit musicals on Broadway. So let's get to it. Ladies and gentlemen, we are delighted to announce Broadway is back! On Tuesday, September 14th, 2021, with king" and "Wicked." We are joined by stars from three Broadway blockbusters, L. Steven Taylor who plays king mufasa in "Lion king" and Alexandra Billings who plays madam morable in "Wicked" and Krystal joy brown. L. Steven, thank you for that voice you used in the voiceover and you performed in "Lion king" for 15 years. That's over 5,000 performances. So when that curtain rises for the first time in September, what's that going to feel like? Oh, man, it's kind of indescribable. That moment already in "Circle of life" is an iconic moment and from pride rock I have a different special viewpoint. My favorite thing to do is stand on pride rock and watch all the grown men cry during the odyssey from rafiki's opening call, it's really a call for the community to come together and I feel like that's what this is symbolic of. Making New York really start to Yeah, just feels right when the lights are lit up on Broadway. Alexandra, 18 weeks till showtime. How are you prepareing? Well, I'm hoping that I don't fall head over heels into the orchestra pit because we have a thing that goes like that. I really -- you know what I'm doing, I'm saying to myself, I'm so blessed, I'm so grateful and I'm so honored to be a part of telling this story that for me just as a mixed race trans woman on Broadway that I hope I only hope that what we can do is open a portal for dialogue for change, not just for Broadway but for the people that come to see us, so I'm just sitting in my gratefulness and very happy. Absolutely, we're all very happy. You know, the Broadway industry, Krystal, is committed to providing healthy and safe environments at theaters for everyone based on the CDC headlines and the New York City guidelines but that's not the only thing they're doing. Right, well, we've taken a lot of steps not only to make sure the theater will be safe for our audience members but cast and crew have been trained in anti-racism training, also making sure that we as a brand are pushing forward social justice. We all came to a reckoning after watching George Floyd's horrifying murder and we realize that as a company as a brand we can come together and do some amazing work so we created something called pan for progress and giving scholarships to continue to show equity and inclusiity in our community and hope this is the first step for Broadway to continue to do this type of work because we can make absolute change and we are representing so many people and Broadway being accessible, Broadway being diverse and inclusive is an amazing thing for all of us and once we're back, we'll be better than ever and New York City can revive as Yeah, no doubt. And L. Steven, it's happening at more than just "Hamilton," it's happening at the "Lion king" as well and other theaters. This call for a change and for theater spaces to be more equitable has been going on for a long time and there's a lot of work going on behind the scenes and at Disney thee at tri Cal we've been partnering with a lot of places to make sure that we're actually supporting impactful systemic change so when we come back like Krystal said, we come back but not only returning but returning stronger and better than we were before. And, Alexandra, the ecosystem for Broadway is huge. Almost 100,000 people depend on Broadway for work. They told me that in the green room. I did not know that. Directly or indirectly, almost 100,000 people. What are you looking most forward to when it comes to going back to work? When I was in the show, when I was in "Wicked" before this terrible thing happened there were an enormous amount of trans youth getting ahold of me and I mean 10, 11, 12-year-old children in the middle of a transition and would come to the show and stand and ask for autographs with their parents and it was the first time they had ever seen another transgender person before in their lives. If you can imagine this, having no representation at all so seeing yourself reflected in art for the very first time is extraordinary, both for myself and for them. I tell you this, this not be a dry eye in the house and tickets are on sale now and

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