(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/14; via Pam Green; Photo: Shoshana Bean as Elphaba in the musical “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theater in 2005. A tour of the long-running show is scheduled to resume performances in Dallas in early August.Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times.)
Under the agreement that will pave the way to reopening the shows, touring company members will be required to be fully vaccinated.
Broadway producers and the labor union representing stage actors have reached an agreement on health protocols for touring shows that should allow hundreds of performers to return to work at theaters around the country beginning this summer.
The 17-page agreement says that producers must require all members of the traveling company to be fully vaccinated and mandates free weekly virus tests. Also: “absolutely no interaction” will be permitted between performers and audience members.