BALTIMORE – After more than 600 days, Broadway is returning to Baltimore.

The Théâtre de l’Hippodrome at the Center des arts de la scene France-Merrick has been empty since Wicked closed in early 2020.

Despite the curtains closing, Ron Legler, president of the France Merrick Performing Arts Center, says Baltimore has not given up on the Hippodrome.

“I think one of the most exciting things that has happened to us in this city is that Baltimore has really stepped up behind the building, we’ve only lost 1% of our subscription base,” Legler said. . “They were like, we’re gonna come back when you’re ready and when it’s safe to do it, you let us know and we’re here for you, which is absolutely amazing. way across the country … made here, and I’m grateful for it.

The Hippodrome theater welcomes fans on November 6. The 2020-21 season, which has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, includes Waitress, Tootsie, Pretty Woman, Hairspray, Mean Girls and Hamilton.

New safety protocols are in place, including mask and vaccine requirements.

“Our industry takes this very seriously,” said Legler. “We have put these measures in place to ensure the safety of our audience and actors. Everyone in our building is vaccinated. Everyone from the volunteers to the vendors who are in the building, everyone backstage in front of the house. This is the way we must proceed to keep our business alive and to ensure the prosperity of our industry.

The cinema installed MERV 13 filters and switched to contactless technology. The theater has also released an app that fans can use to access tickets and even order drinks.

“You can just pre-program your drink and have it wait. You no longer have to queue.

The doors will open half an hour earlier to give participants more time to enter.

The Hippodrome is not the only theater to welcome fans again. Legler encourages fans to support other local theaters as they begin their seasons.

“Obviously, our industry has suffered a lot. But, I would say Center Stage and Everyman are wonderful regional theaters. The way you can support the theater now is to buy a ticket. So if you can, there’s Christmas Story ahead. There are holidays approaching, buy a ticket to something local, support the arts. They all need help right now, “Legler said.” That’s thousands of jobs, even in Baltimore. Thousands of jobs. Thousands of people rely on going to work and writing paychecks to be able to live their lives. So please support the theater locally, and buy a ticket. It’s the best thing you can do for all of us. “

Waitress opens on November 6 at the Théâtre de l’Hippodrome. There will be three performances until Sunday evening. The first season’s show, Tootsie, begins playing on November 30.

“Over the next three years, we’re going to have the best of Broadway because of our audiences. We are a premier Broadway market, we get the best New York shows right in our own backyard in Baltimore.