The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio toured the Broadway COVID vaccine site this week. He was joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi, and Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Anne del Castillo. To say it was a hopeful and heartfelt opening would be an understatement. The Broadway community, and the arts in general, have suffered a great deal this past year. This small event was the first time some had even heard LIVE music since shutting down in March 2020. Actor, writer and composer – Lin-Manuel Miranda along with the Mayor of NYC gave inspiring speeches. Which you can see in the full video below.
When the world closed down, we had no idea it would end up this many months before reopening certain things we took for granted. We didn’t realize it would be months before getting to give a standing ovation, jam out at a concert, watch a parade or hug our friends for a job well done on stage. That is why this video hit me right in the feels. So I wanted to share their post-tour of the site speeches and performances. The vaccination site is for the Broadway community as well as Film and TV Crew and Cast.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing a Broadway show, or any live theatre…perhaps the coming months will be the perfect time. The Mayor has continued to push for September reopening and this vaccination site is the starting point. The industry needs our attention and love more than ever. As things start to reopen, filling that “room where it happens” with all the love and appreciation the arts have been missing would truly make a difference.
“There’s a beautiful saying in the theater, ‘The show must go on,’ and here in New York City, the show is going on again. . . Broadway is coming back film and TV is coming back!”
-Mayor de Blasio
“We want to gather again, and we want to tell stories in the dark . . . We cannot do that if we don’t feel safe and if you don’t feel safe. So the first step in that process is getting our vaccination shots, and the next steps will follow.”
The site, located on 7th Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets, is open daily from 7:30AM to 7:30PM ET.
With the arts community taking a step forward up North, and here in Florida theme parks are hitting a consistent stride of success, I am hopeful that the return of show, parades and nighttime spectaculars in theme parks across the country will be the next step in the coming months.
The good news that Festival of the Lion King is returning, and the performers for the beloved show have gotten their calls back to begin the next chapter – is just the beginning. Broadway and Florida Theme Parks have shared a bond all these years. There’s always been a constant trading of talent. A number of Broadway performers have found a home here over the years and many theme parks performers move on to do Broadway productions.
There is a significant hole where live performances used to be overflowing in many parts of the U.S. (and the world) and I for one am very excited to see live theater take the stage again.