For the first time after the pandemic shut down theatres, the very first Broadway Theater opened its doors to enthusiastic and fully vaccinated guests. The guests were overjoyed at the prospect of seeing a Broadway play after so many months of darkness in the theatre district in midtown. “Pass Over” was the name of the play that would be the first to take a bow on Broadway after the pandemic.
Everyone wore a mask into the theatre and showed proof of vaccination before eagerly taking their seats for the play. Before the play even began and the audience was in their seats, they jumped to their feet with applause simply at the fact that they were once again gather to watch theatre in a Broadway playhouse after the longest period of darkness in history. The attendees took up every seat in the room as the crew drew the curtains to kick things off.
To mark the current concerns about racial equity, the Pass Over is just one of the seven plays by Black writers slated for this season. Most of these plays will highlight the issues of racism and race in modern society. Even though most of the people in attendance were nervous because this was the first public gathering they have been to since COVID hit, they were thrilled to observe that Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu had been significantly altered to have a different ending.
The Story of Pass Over
Pass Over is a play that is both comedic and enthralling. It tells a tale of two men inadvertently trapped under a streetlight, too afraid of what might happen if they were to move from their fixed positions. The writer shows that the two black men’s fear is of being killed by the police. In attendance were two New Yorkers who braved the night to see Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s play. The two described the space as thrilling and a bit unsettling. Afterward, Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu addressed the people marveling at the prospect of writing about a plague and living through one.
She also thanked the celebrants who had gathered for an after-party for showing up. The party was held on West 52nd Street outside the theatre to prevent any spread of the Delta Variant during the party. All the guests were satisfied that the crew took strict measures to ensure their safety during the entire event. As the crowd danced and sipped on their drinks under the night sky, the DJ played catchy music and had everyone say ‘Pass Over’ if they had a good time.
Vaccinated All Around
The cast and crew were grateful to the crowd for getting vaccinated when many people were skeptical of the COVID 19 vaccine. Pass Over was a hit, and everyone in attendance was pleased with the revised ending keeping everyone on the edge of their seat the entire play. It is not commonplace to get a space that addresses a challenging plight in modern society with comedy and laughter. The night ended with glasses raised to many more plays in the future.
Other Scheduled Plays
Pass over is not the first play to be played after the pandemic hit. There had been Springsteen on Broadway previously done at a Bruce Springsteen Concert Show. The Springsteen on Broadway was performed on June 26, with no special events taking place after that. The return of the traditional theatre is a big step forward for the Broadway community. Fans can expect the next play sometime in September. The schedule has two musicals, “Hadestown” and “Waitress”, set to happen before September 14. If all goes according to plan, the performances after the 14th include “Hamilton”, “The Lion King” and the tent pole musical “Wicked”.
And all of the new plays. Don’t forget about all of the new plays. The audience is excited to see what plot twists the playwrights have in store for them.
About David Milberg
David Milberg is an experienced financial analyst and entrepreneur from New York City. Milberg is a proud father of three kids. Milberg graduated from Princeton University with a BA in History and graduated from Columbia University with an MBA. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President at Milberg Factors, Inc.
Over his tenure at Milberg Factors, David has also been involved in numerous not-for-profit activities. In light of David’s charitable work, he was honored in the year 2000 by the accountants and bankers division of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York and by the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Foundation. David has also been active in the Lincoln Center Business Council.
David Milberg has invested in such major Broadway productions as Mel Brook’s The Producers, The Weir, and the hit revival of Pippin directed by Diane Paulus and starring Tony Award Winner Patina Miller at the Leading Player. David sits on the Board of Trustees for The Prospect Theater Company and is a fervent supporter of the Lincoln Center Theater. David Milberg presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Triangle Club, where he was Vice-Chairman.
David Milberg has a rich, varied background is musical theater and live stage performance.