By Kathy Strain
I have been lucky to wear many hats during my lifetime that have fulfilled me and brought me joy. But the hat of serving as a contributing editor for an international website called Broadway World (https://www.broadwayworld.com/author/Kathy-Strain) has brought me new opportunities.
I’m privileged to see hundreds of shows including musicals, plays, concerts, and movies in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. In exchange, I write reviews, interview performers, and take photos. I enjoy this position on a professional level and have never taken that privilege for granted. In fact, I’ve cherished every second of it.
The saying is that the show must go on…until it can’t. We are in the midst of a pandemic the likes of which we have not experienced since the beginning of the last century. The doors to all Broadway theaters closed in March and Broadway went dark. Theaters around the United States and all over the world went dark as well. They will remain dark until it will be safe to open the doors again and shine the lights brightly once more.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and advisor to the U.S. President, announced in early December that he feels like we can get back to live theater by late September if we have had enough vaccines and the venues will still practice safe social distancing, proper ventilation, and will require people to masks. Dr. Fauci said, “We’ll be back in the theaters — performers will be performing, audiences will be enjoying it,” he said. “It will happen.” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/09/arts/fauci-coronavirus-performing-arts.html?auth=login-google1tap&login=google1tap
My heart breaks when I think of all the shows that have been cancelled, along with all of the performers who haven’t been able to take to the stage and share their talents with the world. I miss these performers and the people behind the scenes who make the shows go on. Every one of them is struggling right now. Many have had to give up their apartments not only in NYC, but throughout the country and return to their family homes. Some have found supplemental work as bike curriers, delivery workers, or Uber and Lyft Drivers. Audiences are sad to be missing out on bringing entertainment to the world.
But that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the shows for their entertainment. It’s become my release from the wild and crazy world of 2020 we have lived in. It’s been my calm. With all this darkness, I have found light.
A few things – being able to watch musicals and plays on TV, the Internet or streaming services — have bolstered my mood while staying home as much as possible.
“Hamilton” has been broadcast on Disney+ and for the first time, millions of people had a chance to see the genius of this Broadway show! This was almost unattainable in the past.
There are so many other musicals and shows available online. For example, “Little Mermaid Live” is also available on Disney+ and “Rent” can be viewed on YouTube. Do a few internet searches and you can find a ton of free shows you can watch.
Other options are to visit “Broadway World” (https://www.broadwayworld.com/) for many other opportunities to see recorded performances. Check out Seth Rudetsky’s live show on Facebook called “Stars in the House”
(https://www.facebook.com/SethRudetskyBway). He hosts past performers from many great shows such as “The King and I,” “Dream Girls,” and “Wicked.”
The lights of Broadway have always brought joy into our lives. Let’s continue to fly forward with Broadway and its everlasting legacy. It will be a joyful day when the fog disappears, the lights of Broadway shine bright again and the curtain goes up!
Kathy was born and raised in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Being one of eight children, Kathy always knew that it was easy to get lost in the crowd. It was rare she got to say what she was thinking because all the older siblings felt it necessary to speak for her. Writing became a big part of her way to express herself. Over the years, Kathy has found it important to write and to learn from others’ stories as well. Kathy has experienced the joys and struggles of raising a daughter and two sons, including a son born with a clubfoot.
Today, her children are still the source of her joy and happiness and include adding a wonderful grandson to the mix who keeps everyone laughing. Kathy’s husband Ken has always been supportive of her endeavors including returning to college in her forties to get her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in Public Relations & Communications. She works part-time at a writing lab at a local community college and also as a journalist for an international website called Broadway World.
These jobs along with running the Iron Butterflies Project allows Kathy to make a difference in the world and help others to find themselves as well.
Check out Kathy’s stories on Broadway World here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/author/Kathy-Strain