Broadway marks its return with a three-day festival

For 20 years Broadway celebrated the start of its autumn season with a free concert. But the tradition ended a decade ago.

This year the industry has brought back the concert and turned it into a broader outdoor celebration of the Great White Way’s return. The event, called Curtain Up!, will begin Sunday and last through Tuesday.

“We are letting people know we are open and ready for theatergoers,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League. 

This week, The Lion King, Hamilton, Wicked and Chicago joined Hadestown and Waitress in seating masked, vaccinated audiences eager to be back.

But because Broadway shows operate individually, the industry hoped to

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