Tonight the Empire State Building will light up in bright red to celebrate the return of our beloved Broadway next month!
One of the most fun traditions in NYC is the Empire State Building lighting up for special occasions. Though it’s often in its “signature white,” for holidays, city events, fundraisers and more it will transform into a bright and colorful beacon.
Most recently it glowed green, white and orange for India Day, and tonight it will light up in theater curtain red to celebrate the return of Broadway with the Broadway League. It’s all part of the “This Is Broadway” campaign that kicks off today, which will help drum up excitement for the grand return of Broadway starting with a short film narrated by Oprah and featuring archival footage from 99 Broadway shows and 735 performers.
“This is Broadway brings together the joy and excitement we all feel for this art form and the rebound of New York City,” Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Broadway reopening means 97,000 workers returning to their jobs and the insatiable desire for live performance back on stage.”
Most Broadway shows officially open beginning September 14, but some have already started previews so people have been back at NYC theaters after almost two years. Proof of vaccination and face masks will be required.
Lights are typically visible throughout the city from sunset (at 7 p.m. today) until 2 a.m.
You can see the full calendar of lights for the NYC landmark on their website here.
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