It has been a tough few weeks for just about everyone, the Broadway community included, and today the Broadway League announced that the theater closures would be extended from April 13 to June 7. “In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and under the continued direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Broadway shows in New York City will extend the current suspension of all performances through June 7, 2020,” their statement read. President of the Broadway League, Charlotte St. Martin, added “Our top priority continues to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals. Broadway will always be at the very heart of the Big Apple, and we join with artists, theatre professionals, and fans in looking forward to the time when we can once again experience live theatre together.”
The announcement came just hours before many of us (myself included) will sit down — virtually, of course — for seders with loved ones to celebrate the first night of Passover. While we are all experiencing many emotions right now, Passover honors the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It celebrates people making sacrifices for one another and coming together to overcome seemingly impossible odds. It is a reminder that our community is a great source of strength. Its message of hope — and victory — feels particularly appropriate today.
With that in mind, our team made a Passover playlist for all who celebrate tonight (and those who don’t but who appreciate good tunes). It’s fun, upbeat, and reminds us of the beauty that lies on the other side of this unprecedented health crisis. There will be meals with friends, and workouts in studios, and music in theaters. For now, enjoy this music from our hearts to yours.