“Aladdin” Cast Returns to Stage After One-Night Closure
The cast of Broadway’s “Aladdin” took to the New Amsterdam Theatre stage for the first time in over 18 months on Tuesday night, bringing the hero’s thrilling adventure back to audiences. Unfortunately, yesterday, the show cancelled its second performance due to a breakthrough COVID case in the cast. Today, though, the spell-binding musical extravaganza again welcomed guest to their whole new world.
The show was the first to shutdown due to cast COVID cases since Broadway reopened two weeks ago. Disney Theatrical quickly released a statement yesterday explaining the challenging situation and the protocol in place.
Important information regarding tonight’s performance. pic.twitter.com/zVHzgHuuSi
— Aladdin the Musical (@aladdin) September 29, 2021
“Our extensive protocol system to test our employees and identify positive cases worked and allowed us to act immediately to contain them. Given the thoroughness of our Covid protocols and a vaccinated workforce, we remain confident that the environment is safe for our guests, cast, crew and musicians,” the statement said, according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Information on tonight’s performance. pic.twitter.com/8tFDDoUR8H
— Aladdin the Musical (@aladdin) September 30, 2021
“Aladdin” Stays One Jump Ahead
Luckily, theatre patrons with tickets to today’s magical adventure through Agrabah will get to see the show, which largely feature the incredible cast that delighted audiences prior to the pandemic closure. Theatre goers with tickets to yesterday’s show did receive a refund for their purchase as well.
New York City instituted strict rules for Broadway cast, crew and audience members when it reopened recently. Disney Theatrical took their COVID protocol one step further, requiring all eligible company members to be fully vaccinated. Cast and crew are also tested frequently during the week.
All Broadway theatres also require that audience members be fully vaccinated and to wear a mask while inside the theatre. According to Broadway.org, exceptions can be made for those unable to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated patrons must show proof of a negative test to enter the theatre. Rules about this vary based on test type.
At least Genie clearly helped a number of wishes come true for the show’s closure to be quite brief!
Feature Image Credit: Jennifer Broski, Broadway World