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Broadway's 'Phantom of the Opera' plots a cautious return

Actors Ben Crawford and Meghan Picerno stand on the stage with fellow cast members after performing on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater in New York City, October 22, 2021.  Meghan Picerno was back at work after 18 months of pandemic limbo, overjoyed to be singing and dancing again with her "Phantom of the Opera" castmates as they rehearsed for the return of Broadway's longest-running show.

As the musical's late October reopening neared, sometimes all Picerno could think about was making it to the first curtain call unscathed by the breakthrough COVID-19 cases that had sidelined vaccinated actors at other shows. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors Ben Crawford and Meghan Picerno stand on the stage with fellow cast members after performing on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater in New York City, October 22, 2021. Meghan Picerno was back at work after...more

Actors Ben Crawford and Meghan Picerno stand on the stage with fellow cast members after performing on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater in New York City, October 22, 2021. Meghan Picerno was back at work after 18 months of pandemic limbo, overjoyed to be singing and dancing again with her "Phantom of the Opera" castmates as they rehearsed for the return of Broadway's longest-running show. As the musical's late October reopening neared, sometimes all Picerno could think about was making it to the first curtain call unscathed by the breakthrough COVID-19 cases that had sidelined vaccinated actors at other shows. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Fans dressed as Christine Daae pose with lead actor Meghan Picerno after the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. Outside long days in a chilly mirror-lined rehearsal studio near New York City's Times Square, Picerno had put herself back on what she called lockdown.

"I'm a full-on monk now," she said during a rushed lunch break between back-to-back run throughs.

She knew her job came with risks of exposure. Playing the show's heroine Christine required Picerno to kiss two co-stars daily and to sing full-throated love songs with them unmasked and at close range.

"Hopefully, none of us have it, because if one of us have it, we all have it," she said.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Fans dressed as Christine Daae pose with lead actor Meghan Picerno after the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. Outside long days in a chilly mirror-lined rehearsal studio near New York City's Times...more

Fans dressed as Christine Daae pose with lead actor Meghan Picerno after the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. Outside long days in a chilly mirror-lined rehearsal studio near New York City's Times Square, Picerno had put herself back on what she called lockdown. "I'm a full-on monk now," she said during a rushed lunch break between back-to-back run throughs. She knew her job came with risks of exposure. Playing the show's heroine Christine required Picerno to kiss two co-stars daily and to sing full-throated love songs with them unmasked and at close range. "Hopefully, none of us have it, because if one of us have it, we all have it," she said. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Meghan Picerno, who plays Christine Daae, takes a bow with other cast members after performing on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. The crowded Broadway theaters, vital to the city's tourism industry, were the first places closed by the New York government as the coronavirus began to ravage the state. Word of the abrupt shuttering came during a "Phantom" matinee at the Majestic Theatre on March 12, 2020, as some cast and crew themselves were falling sick.

Now, after an unprecedented shutdown, the theaters are among the last workplaces to reopen. Their return this fall is viewed as a test of the city's efforts to restore some new sense of normalcy. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Meghan Picerno, who plays Christine Daae, takes a bow with other cast members after performing on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. The crowded Broadway theaters, vital to the city's tourism...more

Meghan Picerno, who plays Christine Daae, takes a bow with other cast members after performing on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. The crowded Broadway theaters, vital to the city's tourism industry, were the first places closed by the New York government as the coronavirus began to ravage the state. Word of the abrupt shuttering came during a "Phantom" matinee at the Majestic Theatre on March 12, 2020, as some cast and crew themselves were falling sick. Now, after an unprecedented shutdown, the theaters are among the last workplaces to reopen. Their return this fall is viewed as a test of the city's efforts to restore some new sense of normalcy. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Opening remarks are read backstage during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Opening remarks are read backstage during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Opening remarks are read backstage during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", receives a precautionary test for COVID-19 at the Marriott Marquis Box Office before attending a final dress rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. For the returning cast, there were tweaks to lyrics and staging to learn, making it more straightforward to cast non-white actors in principal roles. The entire company was required to be vaccinated and twice a week went to get their noses swabbed at a nearby theater lobby repurposed as a temporary coronavirus testing site. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", receives a precautionary test for COVID-19 at the Marriott Marquis Box Office before attending a final dress rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. For the...more

Actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", receives a precautionary test for COVID-19 at the Marriott Marquis Box Office before attending a final dress rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. For the returning cast, there were tweaks to lyrics and staging to learn, making it more straightforward to cast non-white actors in principal roles. The entire company was required to be vaccinated and twice a week went to get their noses swabbed at a nearby theater lobby repurposed as a temporary coronavirus testing site. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Emilie Kouatchou, who co-stars as Christine Daaé, poses for a photo after the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. After protests filled U.S. streets last year in outrage at the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white police officer, newly unemployed Broadway workers pushed the industry to make overdue changes to increase racial diversity in theater companies.

In August, "Phantom" producers announced they had cast the first-ever Black actor to play Christine since the show opened on Broadway in 1988. Actor, Emilie Kouatchou, would make her Broadway debut as an alternate for Picerno. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Emilie Kouatchou, who co-stars as Christine Daaé, poses for a photo after the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. After protests filled U.S. streets last year in outrage at the killing of George...more

Actor Emilie Kouatchou, who co-stars as Christine Daaé, poses for a photo after the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. After protests filled U.S. streets last year in outrage at the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white police officer, newly unemployed Broadway workers pushed the industry to make overdue changes to increase racial diversity in theater companies. In August, "Phantom" producers announced they had cast the first-ever Black actor to play Christine since the show opened on Broadway in 1988. Actor, Emilie Kouatchou, would make her Broadway debut as an alternate for Picerno. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Meghan Picerno, dressed as her character "Christine Daae", looks on from the wings of the stage during a final dress rehearsal ahead of the reopening of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. In the dark days of 2020, living back in North Carolina with her parents and claiming unemployment benefits, she said she "almost felt like a failure." She sang her part every day to keep it fresh in her mind until the singing made her too sad and she stopped.

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Actor Meghan Picerno, dressed as her character "Christine Daae", looks on from the wings of the stage during a final dress rehearsal ahead of the reopening of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. In the dark days of...more

Actor Meghan Picerno, dressed as her character "Christine Daae", looks on from the wings of the stage during a final dress rehearsal ahead of the reopening of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. In the dark days of 2020, living back in North Carolina with her parents and claiming unemployment benefits, she said she "almost felt like a failure." She sang her part every day to keep it fresh in her mind until the singing made her too sad and she stopped. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Meghan Picerno, who plays "Christine Daae", applies make-up before a final dress rehearsal during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. Emotion again overcame her on the first day reunited with her castmates in late September. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber had swung by the studio to deliver a pep talk to the cast before they sang through the familiar score.

Picerno's singing dissolved in tears during the love duet "All I Ask of You."

"Sing along! Help her!" the conductor urged the masked chorus, whose voices carried Picerno until she regained her composure. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Meghan Picerno, who plays "Christine Daae", applies make-up before a final dress rehearsal during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. Emotion again overcame her on the first day reunited...more

Actor Meghan Picerno, who plays "Christine Daae", applies make-up before a final dress rehearsal during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. Emotion again overcame her on the first day reunited with her castmates in late September. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber had swung by the studio to deliver a pep talk to the cast before they sang through the familiar score. Picerno's singing dissolved in tears during the love duet "All I Ask of You." "Sing along! Help her!" the conductor urged the masked chorus, whose voices carried Picerno until she regained her composure. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Ben Crawford, who plays "the Phantom," stands on the stage of the empty Majestic Theater, September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Ben Crawford, who plays "the Phantom," stands on the stage of the empty Majestic Theater, September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Ben Crawford, who plays "the Phantom," stands on the stage of the empty Majestic Theater, September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Leading actors Ben Crawford and Meghan Picerno rehearse a scene during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Leading actors Ben Crawford and Meghan Picerno rehearse a scene during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Leading actors Ben Crawford and Meghan Picerno rehearse a scene during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Leading actor Meghan Picerno rehearses a scene with Choreographer Chrissie Cartwright during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Leading actor Meghan Picerno rehearses a scene with Choreographer Chrissie Cartwright during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Leading actor Meghan Picerno rehearses a scene with Choreographer Chrissie Cartwright during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Emilie Kouatchou rehearses a scene during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Emilie Kouatchou rehearses a scene during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Emilie Kouatchou rehearses a scene during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Signs reminding crew members to wear masks are posted at the entrance to the rehearsal studio during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Signs reminding crew members to wear masks are posted at the entrance to the rehearsal studio during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Signs reminding crew members to wear masks are posted at the entrance to the rehearsal studio during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Director Seth Sklar-Heyn reads notes to cast members during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Director Seth Sklar-Heyn reads notes to cast members during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Director Seth Sklar-Heyn reads notes to cast members during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at New Studio 42, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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A control panel on the automation deck backstage is seen at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A control panel on the automation deck backstage is seen at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A control panel on the automation deck backstage is seen at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Emilie Kouatchou, who plays "Christine Daae", reads through a script backstage during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Emilie Kouatchou, who plays "Christine Daae", reads through a script backstage during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Emilie Kouatchou, who plays "Christine Daae", reads through a script backstage during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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A COVID compliance officer arranges masks available for cast and crew members to use during a final rehearsal for "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A COVID compliance officer arranges masks available for cast and crew members to use during a final rehearsal for "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A COVID compliance officer arranges masks available for cast and crew members to use during a final rehearsal for "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Artwork is seen decorating the dressing room wall of actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Artwork is seen decorating the dressing room wall of actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Artwork is seen decorating the dressing room wall of actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actors rehearse a scene on their first full day of rehearsals at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors rehearse a scene on their first full day of rehearsals at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors rehearse a scene on their first full day of rehearsals at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actors rehearse a scene on their first full day of rehearsals at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors rehearse a scene on their first full day of rehearsals at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors rehearse a scene on their first full day of rehearsals at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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From left to right, actors John Riddle, Meghan Picerno, Ben Crawford, and Emilie Kouatchou applaud the chandelier being raised while being filmed for a promotional re-opening video during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

From left to right, actors John Riddle, Meghan Picerno, Ben Crawford, and Emilie Kouatchou applaud the chandelier being raised while being filmed for a promotional re-opening video during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic...more

From left to right, actors John Riddle, Meghan Picerno, Ben Crawford, and Emilie Kouatchou applaud the chandelier being raised while being filmed for a promotional re-opening video during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Masks of "The Phantom" are seen backstage in the dressing room of actor Ben Crawford during preparations to reopen at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Masks of "The Phantom" are seen backstage in the dressing room of actor Ben Crawford during preparations to reopen at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Masks of "The Phantom" are seen backstage in the dressing room of actor Ben Crawford during preparations to reopen at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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A stage direction assistant watches a scene during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A stage direction assistant watches a scene during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A stage direction assistant watches a scene during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actors run through the first full day of rehearsals at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors run through the first full day of rehearsals at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors run through the first full day of rehearsals at the Majestic Theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera", October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Director Seth Sklar-Heyn watches a run-through of Act One during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Director Seth Sklar-Heyn watches a run-through of Act One during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Director Seth Sklar-Heyn watches a run-through of Act One during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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The chandelier is filmed before being hoisted in a practice run above the theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

The chandelier is filmed before being hoisted in a practice run above the theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

The chandelier is filmed before being hoisted in a practice run above the theater during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Flyman Terrence Miller shows red ties that mark stopping points for theatrical rigging during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Flyman Terrence Miller shows red ties that mark stopping points for theatrical rigging during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Flyman Terrence Miller shows red ties that mark stopping points for theatrical rigging during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Labels mark props held by theatrical rigging backstage during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Labels mark props held by theatrical rigging backstage during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Labels mark props held by theatrical rigging backstage during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Wigs are seen backstage during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Wigs are seen backstage during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Wigs are seen backstage during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Stagehands uncover the chandelier during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Stagehands uncover the chandelier during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Stagehands uncover the chandelier during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Flyman Terrence Miller shows a chart indicating when theatrical rigging needs to be adjusted during scenes during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Flyman Terrence Miller shows a chart indicating when theatrical rigging needs to be adjusted during scenes during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Flyman Terrence Miller shows a chart indicating when theatrical rigging needs to be adjusted during scenes during preparations to reopen "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Ben Crawford, dressed as "the Phantom," tries on a costume mask over his protective face mask worn as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, during a fitting in the closed lower lobby of the Majestic Theater, September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Ben Crawford, dressed as "the Phantom," tries on a costume mask over his protective face mask worn as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, during a fitting in the closed lower lobby of the Majestic Theater, September 3,...more

Actor Ben Crawford, dressed as "the Phantom," tries on a costume mask over his protective face mask worn as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, during a fitting in the closed lower lobby of the Majestic Theater, September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Production Tailor Annette Lovece and Dresser Jimmy O'Donnell adjust an outfit worn by actor Ben Crawford during a fitting at the Majestic Theater, September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Production Tailor Annette Lovece and Dresser Jimmy O'Donnell adjust an outfit worn by actor Ben Crawford during a fitting at the Majestic Theater, September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Production Tailor Annette Lovece and Dresser Jimmy O'Donnell adjust an outfit worn by actor Ben Crawford during a fitting at the Majestic Theater, September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Associate Costume Designer Sam Fleming adjusts the bow tie of actor Ben Crawford during a fitting, both wearing protective face masks as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in the closed lower lobby of the Majestic Theater, September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Associate Costume Designer Sam Fleming adjusts the bow tie of actor Ben Crawford during a fitting, both wearing protective face masks as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in the closed lower lobby of the Majestic Theater,...more

Associate Costume Designer Sam Fleming adjusts the bow tie of actor Ben Crawford during a fitting, both wearing protective face masks as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in the closed lower lobby of the Majestic Theater, September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Ben Crawford gestures as he leaves the Majestic Theater after his fitting for "The Phantom of the Opera," September 3, 2021.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Ben Crawford gestures as he leaves the Majestic Theater after his fitting for "The Phantom of the Opera," September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Ben Crawford gestures as he leaves the Majestic Theater after his fitting for "The Phantom of the Opera," September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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A playbill autographed by actor Kristin Chenoweth, welcoming actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", back to the theater, is seen backstage in Crawford's dressing room before a final dress rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera", October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A playbill autographed by actor Kristin Chenoweth, welcoming actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", back to the theater, is seen backstage in Crawford's dressing room before a final dress rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera", October 19,...more

A playbill autographed by actor Kristin Chenoweth, welcoming actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", back to the theater, is seen backstage in Crawford's dressing room before a final dress rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera", October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actors Ben Crawford, Meghan Picerno, and Emilie Kouatchou catch up for a moment backstage before a final rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors Ben Crawford, Meghan Picerno, and Emilie Kouatchou catch up for a moment backstage before a final rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors Ben Crawford, Meghan Picerno, and Emilie Kouatchou catch up for a moment backstage before a final rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Meghan Picerno, who plays "Christine Daae", puts the finishing touches on her make-up before a final dress rehearsal during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Meghan Picerno, who plays "Christine Daae", puts the finishing touches on her make-up before a final dress rehearsal during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Meghan Picerno, who plays "Christine Daae", puts the finishing touches on her make-up before a final dress rehearsal during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Jon Riddle holds a mask to his face while heading to the stage during a final dress rehearsal before "The Phantom of the Opera" reopens at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Jon Riddle holds a mask to his face while heading to the stage during a final dress rehearsal before "The Phantom of the Opera" reopens at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Jon Riddle holds a mask to his face while heading to the stage during a final dress rehearsal before "The Phantom of the Opera" reopens at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Emilie Kouatchou, who plays "Christine Daae", reads through a script backstage during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Emilie Kouatchou, who plays "Christine Daae", reads through a script backstage during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Emilie Kouatchou, who plays "Christine Daae", reads through a script backstage during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actors wait to show their negative COVID-19 tests before attending a final rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors wait to show their negative COVID-19 tests before attending a final rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actors wait to show their negative COVID-19 tests before attending a final rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Meghan Picerno, who plays "Christine Daae" has her hair styled before a final dress rehearsal during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Meghan Picerno, who plays "Christine Daae" has her hair styled before a final dress rehearsal during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Meghan Picerno, who plays "Christine Daae" has her hair styled before a final dress rehearsal during preparations to reopen "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", waits to take a precautionary test for COVID-19 at the Marriott Marquis Box Office before attending a final dress rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", waits to take a precautionary test for COVID-19 at the Marriott Marquis Box Office before attending a final dress rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021....more

Actor Ben Crawford, who plays "The Phantom", waits to take a precautionary test for COVID-19 at the Marriott Marquis Box Office before attending a final dress rehearsal of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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People queue to attend the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera", outside the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

People queue to attend the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera", outside the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

People queue to attend the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera", outside the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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A fan holds a signed Phantom mask during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A fan holds a signed Phantom mask during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A fan holds a signed Phantom mask during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor John Riddle receives a hug after performing as Raoul on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor John Riddle receives a hug after performing as Raoul on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor John Riddle receives a hug after performing as Raoul on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Actor Meghan Picerno speaks with fans after performing as Christine Daaé on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Meghan Picerno speaks with fans after performing as Christine Daaé on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Actor Meghan Picerno speaks with fans after performing as Christine Daaé on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Andrew Lloyd Webber signs a "Playbill" magazine during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater in New York City, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Andrew Lloyd Webber signs a "Playbill" magazine during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater in New York City, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Andrew Lloyd Webber signs a "Playbill" magazine during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater in New York City, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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The audience settles in after intermission during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

The audience settles in after intermission during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

The audience settles in after intermission during the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber DJs a block party outside the Majestic Theater after the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber DJs a block party outside the Majestic Theater after the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber DJs a block party outside the Majestic Theater after the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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A sign reminding theatergoers to wear masks is seen during intermission on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A sign reminding theatergoers to wear masks is seen during intermission on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

A sign reminding theatergoers to wear masks is seen during intermission on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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People dance at a block party outside the Majestic Theater after the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera", October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

People dance at a block party outside the Majestic Theater after the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera", October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

People dance at a block party outside the Majestic Theater after the re-opening of "Phantom of the Opera", October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Audience members wear Phantom masks to mark the return of "Phantom of the Opera" to Broadway, at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Audience members wear Phantom masks to mark the return of "Phantom of the Opera" to Broadway, at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Audience members wear Phantom masks to mark the return of "Phantom of the Opera" to Broadway, at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Audience members wear Phantom masks to mark the return of "Phantom of the Opera" to Broadway, at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Audience members wear Phantom masks to mark the return of "Phantom of the Opera" to Broadway, at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Audience members wear Phantom masks to mark the return of "Phantom of the Opera" to Broadway, at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Cast members stand on the stage after performing on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Cast members stand on the stage after performing on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Cast members stand on the stage after performing on the re-opening night of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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