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For The Performing Arts, The Show Must Go On

The author of Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway, goes behind the scenes of iconic musicals that changed the landscape of theater, and local theaters, companies, and performers share the ways they have adapted their shows to keep audiences safe during the COVID pandemic.


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While many industries have taken a financial hit in the pandemic, the performing arts have been left especially vulnerable as social distancing regulations for audiences and performers make nearly all performances a sunk cost to theaters and companies.


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Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, or @townsquaretalk.

First, Michael Riedel, author of Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway, joins our show to discuss the behind the scenes drama and triumphs in Broadway brought on by the now legendary musicals Rent, The Lion King, and more.

Then, Perryn Leech, Board Chairman of Theater District Houston and the Managing Director of Houston Grand Opera, takes calls with Ernie from local theaters companies and performers who share the ways they have adapted their performances to audiences during the pandemic.

Due to the large response, a second show covering this topic will occur on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

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