After COVID-19 Shutdown, 7 Broadway Actors Return to Their Theaters

Broadway photo essay
Flo Ngala for Variety

The coronavirus has devastated Broadway, shuttering 31 musicals and plays and stopping productions that were in previews (or about to start them) from ever experiencing an opening night.

Since March, tens of thousands of actors, stage hands, designers, ushers and other theater professionals have been out of a job and struggling to pay the bills. The fallout from the shutdown has had a staggering economic toll, costing the city an estimated $15 million and endangering the many restaurants and hotels that cater to theatergoers.

These days, Times Square looks like a ghost town, with marquees for shows that may never return, an unmanned TKTS booth and no tourists lining up at stage doors. To memorialize a Broadway season cut short by the pandemic, ​Variety ​checked in with seven actors from six major productions.