A First Look at Broadways Opening Nights

Ethan Chambers

It’s back and better than ever! On September 14, 2021 Broadway opened its doors once more for an unforgettable night of singing, dancing, and at times, even a few tears. With a fully vaccinated audience, fans say they are more than overwhelmed to be back in the theatre. Two friends from Tarrytown and Long Island say they feel happy to see so many people vaccinated. According to The Daily Beast, Sarah and Tina Good say they are, “Feeling great, wonderful.”   “I feel like this is a kind of hope,” says Tina.

Cast members from all 41 theatres say they couldn’t be happier to perform for a live audience once again. “There’s no place like home,” says Kristen Chenoweth, former star of the hit Broadway musical Wicked. “I wanted to be here to welcome New York and all the theatregoers back to what is my favorite show.” With such devoted fans who have been waiting for the day Broadway would return, all cast members can do is say, “Thank You!” And what a better way to do so then with a little singing and dancing before the show at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, home to Hamilton. 

Pre- COVID, Lin Manuel Miranda, creator and writer of Hamilton, and his fellow cast mates would put on miniature shows that they liked to call “Ham4Ham.” According to Travel and Leisure, Hamilton for a Hamilton, was originally a pre-show outside the theatre where fans enter a lottery for a chance at ten dollar tickets for a show in the coming weeks. That is, until Broadway closed its doors due to COVID-19. Nevertheless Miranda thought that by bringing back the faithful tradition, it may have brought back the old memories that might have been lost. Though it didn’t seem hard to forget opening night with all of its laughs and joyous moments. With such an outstanding night in and outside of the theatre, fans can only look forward to what comes next from Broadway.