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A Day in the Life: This Is What It’s Like to Return to the Broadway Stage During COVID

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6 p.m. After a fast dinner break (“I am a protein and veggie lady,” she notes. “I’ll eat some rooster thighs and a few spinach and I am a contented lady”), she’s again at New York Metropolis’s Ambassador Theatre a full hour-and-a-half earlier than the official name. 

“I like a little bit extra silence all through the entire course of, so I attempt to get there sooner than most as a result of I wish to have that second of simply, like, zen,” she explains. “I am within the area. I’m feeling the feels. I’m centering myself.”

She makes use of that point to placed on her make-up (for a stretch, she admits, “I used to be having a glitter second,” however she’s since walked away from the pink sparkles), then the headwrap that protects her curls from getting snagged in her beaded costume. Lastly, she will get in “as a lot of a ballet warmup as I presumably can,” she says. “I cannot go on stage until I’ve achieved some pliés and tendus.” (Because the climate will get frostier, she’ll actually lean into the concept of a warming up, layering on her beloved knee-high thermal booties and wrapping an electrical blanket round her waist: “I appear like a Keep-Puft Marshmallow Man.”) 

By the point the remainder of the solid begins trickling in to start their very own motion and vocal workout routines (“Everyone’s giving their every little thing”) she’s keyed in. “After which no matter everybody else is doing, I am like, ‘Completely. Have your second. Do what you might want to do to be able to get on that stage and shine.'”

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