We rode the Subway and buses, but mostly we walked. The Theater District in those days was pretty run down and raunchy. I felt like such a hick from the sticks. My aunt was downright embarrassed that she was allowing me to see such terrible sights. She had lived in New York for a time in the 1940s and 1950s. It was the hey day of Broadway with wonderful musicals that anyone could feel comfortable seeing. Not so for us. We saw “Pippin,” and a show starring Debbie Reynolds, and a couple of others that we almost walked out of. Unfortunately, in the early 1970’s Broadway was almost dead.
I appreciate how difficult the situation has been for the performers who couldn’t work when Broadway was shut down due to COVID. Now that shows are up and running again, I am certain they worry that they can keep audiences coming. They had just barely reduced the mask mandate in the theater when we went the other day. The next day they sent out a survey asking the patrons if they felt safe attending the show and if all of the precautions they had in place made a difference. I actually didn’t notice any precautions, or people acting worried. Then they asked if we would be returning soon to see more shows.
Well, I live in Utah. I hope I don’t have to wait another 15 years before I get to visit NYC again. But until then, I am glad that live theater in Utah is up and running and every bit as professional and amazing as what I just saw on Broadway. And we don’t have to expose ourselves to questionable fumes when waiting to get into the theaters! Yay!