The new ALL ARTS series “We Are Broadway” follows the industry’s return through the cast and crew of Broadway’s biggest hits
On Dec. 11, the Empire State Building lit up in “Evan Hansen Blue” to celebrate the return of the musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” the final show to make its way back to Broadway before the end of 2021, nearly two years since theater venues closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The new seven-episode ALL ARTS series “We Are Broadway” explores what the journey back to theaters has meant to the cast and crew of some of Broadway’s biggest hits. Through interviews with performers, musicians and behind-the-scenes crew, each episode explores a different aspect of what it means to return. The series debuts Dec. 20 with Q. Smith of “Come From Away” and continues Dec. 27 with Kris Kukul of “Beetlejuice.” Future episodes feature cast and crew from “Wicked,” “Aladdin,” “Hadestown,” “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” and more. The series will be available to stream on the ALL ARTS site, app, Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Below is a schedule of the first two episodes slated to premiere. Check back here for more updates as the series rolls out.
Focusing on Q. Smith (the original Hannah from the mega-hit “Come From Away”), the first episode of “We Are Broadway” explores how the theater has helped us heal from collective trauma in the past. Bringing the experiences of the last two years back to the stage, Smith reflects on the shared moments of sadness and joy that have made their performances even richer.
Kris Kukul — music supervisor, orchestrator, co-arranger and conductor of the musical “Beetlejuice” — speaks to the relationship between New York and Broadway. In the episode, he reflects on the moment Broadway shutdown and the uncertainty of return after the fan-favorite musical lost its theater.