NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The new play “Clyde’s” officially opened on Broadway Tuesday night, and the show is taking unusual steps so that more people can see it.
People in the audience told CBS2’s Ali Bauman they were so excited to be back in a Broadway theater once again, but for those who cannot make it to a theater, the cast and crew of “Clyde’s” will soon allow people to watch the play from home.READ MORE: Stephen Sondheim, Legend Of The Broadway Musical, Dead At 91
There was a standing ovation inside the Helen Hayes Theatre for opening night, and earlier in the evening, stars walked the red carpet on 44th Street.
“I just had, like, a full-body shaking cry walking in. It’s, it’s, it’s wonderful, and you know cognitively how much you miss it, but you don’t until you step back in, and then you just, your whole being is happy to be back,” actress Anna Chlumsky said.
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“Just that, you know, just the swell of the audience, everyone sitting there just in anticipation of great storytelling,” actress Adrienne Moore said.
“Clyde’s,” written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and starring Emmy Award winners Uzo Aduba and Ron Cephas Jones, is about a truck stop sandwich shop, which offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at redemption.READ MORE: Gov. Hochul: No Known Cases Of New COVID Variant 'Omicron' In New York
“This show is about mindfulness, but it’s also about resilience and healing and community, and what I really want people to take away is that everyone has something to contribute to our culture,” Nottage said.
In addition to performances, the production will host a series of social justice initiatives to raise awareness about those who are formerly incarcerated and impacted by the justice system.
Subsidized tickets for the show are available for formerly incarcerated people and their families.
“Clyde’s” is on Broadway until Jan. 16, and for the final two weeks of its run, the show will be simulcast in full so audiences can watch the play live online. Tickets will cost $59.
“We’re super excited to be streaming the show. Number one, it will make it accessible to people who can’t come out to see the show either because of COVID or because of life circumstances, whether they be incarcerated or whether they be in residences where they’re not mobile, and I just love the idea that Broadway’s accessible to everyone,” Nottage said.MORE NEWS: Police: Young Firefighter Dies In Fire In His Own Westchester County Home
Nottage says she hopes more productions embrace simulcasting to make Broadway accessible to everyone.