After 18 long months of being closed, Broadway is officially reopening its doors to patrons and resuming all live shows again.

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Three of Broadway’s iconic shows, Hamilton, Wicked and The Lion King returned to the stage and marked a major step forward in resuming normality back to New York City. The shows were held at full capacity and will continue to, even as the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread. Those wanting to attend shows must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask throughout the duration.

A few weeks ago the musical’s Waitress and Hadestown held performances as a soft reopening to resume Broadway programming.

Time Square’s TKTS booths will also resume services and will sell same-day and next-day tickets like they had before the pandemic.

Attendees of yesterday’s opening night were given a surprise when Broadway icons Kristen Chenoweth, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Julie Taymor greeted them, returning to the shows that boosted their careers. The special guests were met with thunderous applause, everyone feeling the excitement of seeing a live show again.

“Theater, as we know, is the lifeblood and soul of the city,” said Taymor, director of The Lion King, “It’s time for us to live again.”

Miranda restarted an old tradition three hours before Hamilton’s re-opening. He and the cast of the theater and met with fans to do a sing-along and to talk with everyone. The cast sang Frank Sinatra’s “Theme from New York, New York,” a love letter to the Big Apple. Miranda expressed his pleasure at opening the Richard Rogers Theater doors again and the importance of getting vaccinated to be able to attend shows.

“We go to a theater for catharsis,” said Miranda to the Hamilton audience Tuesday evening, “For awhile, it wasn’t safe to do that. And it’s safe to come back now with protocols we have in place.”

#Broadwayisback was used on Twitter for fans and official show accounts to express their excitement and what shows they are eagerly ready to see.

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