Broadway is set to relax its COVID-19 protocols at the end of April, with most theaters dropping the requirement to show proof of vaccination to attend a show.
Masks, however, will continue to be required inside theaters until at least the end of May, according to the Broadway League, a trade association that works with the owners and operators of New York’s 41 theaters.
“Since resuming performances last fall, over five million attendees have seen a Broadway show, and the safety and security of our cast, crew, and audience has been our top priority,” Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement.
“Our intention is that by maintaining strict audience masking through at least the month of May, we will continue that track record of safety for all,” she continued. “And of course, we urge everyone to get vaccinated.”
Though specific theater owners have made their own announcements, the Broadway League did not specify exactly which shows would end the vaccine mandate and which would continue.
“While masking mandates will remain in place at all Broadway theaters through at least May 31, many theaters may no longer require that audience members provide proof of vaccination,” the Broadway League said in a release. “Please consult the show website or point of purchase for information about proof of vaccination requirements for your show.”
According to The New York Times, Broadway’s two biggest theater owners — the Shubert Organization, with 17 theaters, and the Nederlander Organization, with nine — said they would stop seeking proof of vaccination as of May 1.
Disney Theatrical Productions, which operates the New Amsterdam Theater, and Circle in the Square, which has Broadway’s only theater in the round, said they would also stop checking for proof of vaccination on May 1.
Others either had not made a decision or announced their plans.
Based on that information, the following shows will no longer require proof of vaccination starting May 1:
- A Strange Loop
- American Buffalo
- Come From Away
- Dear Evan Hansen
- for colored girls
- Girl From the North Country
- The Lion King
- The Little Prince
- The Minutes
- MJ The Musical
- Mr. Saturday Night
- Mrs. Doubtfire
- The Music Man
- Paradise Square
- The Phantom of the Opera
- To Kill a Mockingbird
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