Seinfeld, Senator Schumer, and Broadway League Rally to ‘Save Our Stages’

The cast of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Yiddish

By Paul Riegler on 20 September 2020
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Theaters in much of the United States have been dark since mid March and many theater owners fear they may never be able to reopen.

Meanwhile, the aptly-named Save Our Stages Act, a bi-partisan bill introduced earlier in the summer by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and John Cornyn, a Republican, would provide six months of Small Business Administration grants to live music venue operators who have been devastated by the pandemic.  A recent survey conducted by the National Independent Venue Association found that 90% of venue owners say they will be forced to close permanently.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York voiced his support for the bill on Friday at a small rally at Duffy Square at Seventh Avenue and West 47th Street in New York City.  The $12 billion bill would help keep the Great White Way in business.

“The phantom of Covid has hit Broadway maybe the hardest of all live venues in America,” the senator said. “We’re fighting to make sure New York City and Broadway get a lion king share of federal relief.”

Meanwhile, numerous performers have voiced their support for the bill including comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Broadway theaters closed on March 12, following an order issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Broadway League, the group that represents theater owners, said that the theaters won’t reopen until at least January 2, 2021.

Charlotte St. Martin, president of the group, said the bill is needed to jump-start the theater industry.

“Productions need money for rehearsals to get people back because they haven’t been performing for nine months, to get thousands and thousands of cast members and get them working,” she said.

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