SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Broadway is coming back to the Electric City.
The Broadway Theatre League of NEPA announced Tuesday live performances are set to take place here at the Scranton Cultural Center in the fall.
“One woman was almost in tears on the phone telling me, you have no idea what this means to us because we missed this so much,” Broadway Theatre League of NEPA Executive Director Frank Blasi said.
Beginning in October, the Broadway in Scranton Series will feature four shows and two specials. Blasi says the response from the community has been overwhelming, as last year’s postponement due to the pandemic was devastating to both attendees and local businesses that traditionally benefit from theatre season.
“Some restaurants have already called us and asked if you could give me what the dates are, because we want to know that Broadway will be back,” Blasi said.
One of those inquiries came from Joshua Mast, co-owner of Posh at The Scranton Club, next door. He compares Broadway in Scranton to a smaller-scale New York City, where restaurants are packed after shows.
“We wish every week, and every day was theatre because we have people that fill our restaurants, people that are excited to be out,” Mast said.
Mast says Broadway in Scranton benefits not only his business, but the local economy at large.
“That doesn’t mean that they’re all coming to Posh. They’re going to our local restaurants downtown, that means it they’re coming from Clarks Summit, Wilkes-Barre, Dunmore, that they’re going to go out to eat also in those neighborhoods,” Mast said.
Ciara O’Malley brings her daughter to live theatre performances and looks forward to their return.
“We’re just happy to have them back. Hopefully things can go back to normal, soon,” O’Malley said.
Blasi says all health requirements and protocols in coordination with CDC and state guidelines will be followed.
“We want to make sure everybody is going to be safe in the theatre, and that they feel comfortable there, because I know they’re excited to get there, and so are we,” Blasi said.
New dates have been provided for the upcoming Broadway In Scranton Series.
Waitress: December 3 – 5, 2021
Charlies & The Chocolate Factory: February 4 – 6, 2022
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific: March 4 – 6, 2022
Cats: April 22 – 24, 2022
Rain — A Tribute to The Beatles: October 6, 2021
Stomp: January 12 – 13, 2022
Blue Man Group: May 18 – 19, 2022
Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story: November 5 – 7, 2021