Broadway Heavyweights Hamilton, Lion King and Wicked Returning Sept 14
Broadway is returning, and three of the biggest shows in history aren’t sparing a moment in getting back to the stage. Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked all announced their planned returns this week, taking the stage on the first day that New York will allow productions this fall... Read more
New York Announces Lifting of Event Capacity Restrictions on May 19
New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state would be lifting all capacity restrictions on restaurants, concert venues, museums, theaters, and bars. The changes will go in effect as of May 19, a surprisingly rapid rollback in restrictions that have existed since March of 2020. “Today is... Read more
Illegal Venue Rebates to Draw Scrutiny at New York Ticket Hearings  
Ticketing rebates passed back to venues and promoters are expected to be a central focus at upcoming hearings regarding the ticketing business held in New York. Such rebates, which are funded through “service fees” charged to consumers at the point of sale by vendors like Ticketmaster and AXS, are... Read more
New York Reopening Efforts Plan Deployment of Rapid COVID Testing
In his State of the State address earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated his administration is planning to allow live events with fans in attendance beginning as soon as February. The plans are centered around the ramping up of rapid testing sites in the state, coupled... Read more
Bills to Allow Fans for Playoffs – With Ticket Rules That Violate NY Law
For the first time this season, Buffalo Bills fans will be allowed to watch their team in person. New York’s government has authorized just over 6,000 attendance for playoff games taking place in the Western New York city. The rights of those fans to use, gift, or resell those... Read more
New York Arts Organizations Celebrate Biden Election, Push for More Aid
Arts organizations have expressed support for the recent election of Joe Biden as President, but are hoping that relief for their beleaguered operations could come sooner than January when he and Vice President-Elect Kamla Harris are inaugurated. Messages supporting the incoming administration and stressing the need for aid began... Read more
Off-Broadway Theaters, Comedy Clubs Sue New York Over Closure
A group of Off-Broadway theaters and comedy clubs are suing government officials in hopes of ending forced closures that have lasted over seven months thus far amid the coronavirus pandemic. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blaso are named in the lawsuits, which... Read more
Promoters Fined $20K Over Infamous NY Chainsmokers Show
Organizers of a summertime show featuring The Chainsmokers that went viral for images of lax (at best) social distancing have been handed down a $20,000 fine from New York officials. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the fine Wednesday, indicating that it was for violating an executive order for hosting... Read more
Judge Rules Against Cuomo’s Restrictions on Live Events in NY
A bar in Buffalo, NY has won an early ruling against restrictions on live music and ticketed events put in place by Governor Andrew Cuomo in court. Justice Frank Sedita of the New York State Supreme Court ruled that a ban on ticketing and advertising live events at venues... Read more
Met Opera Cancels Entire Season, Plans Fall 2021 Return
The Met Opera will remain dark until September of 2021, announcing Wednesday that it would cancel its entire 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally, the arts organization had planned on a cancellation of its fall season with tentative plans to reopen on December 31, but this week’s... Read more