Broadway returns to full capacity Tuesday night after shutting down 18 months ago

File photo: People walk through the Theater District in Manhattan earlier this year
File photo: People walk through the Theater District in Manhattan earlier this year. Photo credit Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Broadway finally reopens at full capacity on Tuesday after going dark 18 months ago.

While some shows have already reopened, five big names, including “Wicked,” “Hamilton,” “Lion King” and “Chicago,” are welcoming back audiences after theaters abruptly closed on March 12, 2020, amid the worsening pandemic. Previews also begin for “Lackawanna Blues” on Tuesday.

The reopening has been in the works for months after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced back in May that theaters would reopen at full capacity on Sept. 14.