Evansville native working on Broadway discusses temporary closure due to coronavirus

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NEW YORK (WEHT) — Broadway producer Sherry Wright was preparing for the opening of Plaza Street, a play starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, when she learned Broadway had shut its doors and shows would be postponed due to ongoing coronavirus concerns.

Wright calls Evansville home but spends most of her time in Manhattan. She has worked on Broadway for five years and in addition to Plaza Street, she is involved in 14 other projects, including Beetlejuice.

“The decision wasn’t made lightly because it’s not only the individual show … but the industry in general is over $12 billion into the NYC metropolitan area,” Wright said. “The entire hospitality industry and NYC is general is affected with Broadway down.”

Wright says it normally takes several years for a show to make it to Broadway and producers get paid last, so there will be a financial impact for her and others. Even though Broadway is dark now, Wright is ready for when the lights come back on.

“Of course theatre people are the great optimists of the world. The show must go on and it will, it will just go on a month from now or whenever it is possible for us all to do it safely,” Wright said.

Shows are scheduled to resume April 13.

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(This story was originally published on March 16, 2020).

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