A virus. A lockdown. A city in crisis. A nation inflamed.
And against that backdrop, Broadway — one of New York City’s most recognizable industries and powerful economic engines — shuttered indefinitely.
How to reflect this unsettling moment, and provide insight and entertainment to readers who have largely been confined to their homes, was the challenge in creating the debut installment of “Offstage,” a New York Times streaming series about the theater world on pause.
First, at 7 p.m. Eastern on June 11, the critic-at-large Wesley Morris will hold a conversation with four African-American artists who had shows in the 2019-20 season: the director Kenny Leon (“A Soldier’s Play”); the actress Celia Rose Gooding (“Jagged Little Pill”) and co-stars Adrienne Warren and Daniel J. Watts (“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”). The topic: What it’s like to be black on Broadway, and how the nation’s biggest stages should change.
On those stages this season: a gender-bent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”; shows set to the songbooks of Bob Dylan and Alanis Morissette; “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”; and the girl-power extravaganza “Six,” which was 90 minutes from opening before Broadway closed down.