June 23, 2021

Back on Broadway


The French-American Foundation will host a Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, June 23 at 1:00 pm ET to discuss the reopening of Broadway and its economic effects for New York City.

In March 2020, Broadway theaters were forced to close as coronavirus cases spread throughout New York State. As a result, the city’s economy took a big hit as the industry brought in $15 billion a year.

As more and more people are now vaccinated, Governor Cuomo will allow Broadway shows to reopen on September 14. “Broadway is at the core of our New York identity, and a big part of our economy which employs countless performers and show creators, and beginning this September, the show will go on,” he said.

The event will feature guest speaker Kevin McCollum, a theatrical booking executive and producer of more than two dozen Broadway shows. During a producing career spanning over twenty-five years, McCollum has received three Tony Awards for Best Musical for In the HeightsAvenue Q, and Rent. Read Kevin’s full bio.

The discussion will be moderated by Charles Ferguson, the founder and president of Representational Pictures, Inc., and director and producer of No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq (2007) and Inside Job (2010),[2] which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.[3] Ferguson is also a software entrepreneur, writer and authority in technology policy. He is also a Young Leader from the class of 1996. Read Charles’s full bio.