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In the New York tradition, the lines started early as the first new Broadway production since the pandemic, Pass Over, staged its first preview at the August Wilson Theatre on W52nd Street last night.

Here’s our photo coverage of a landmark evening that also recognized a long-delayed move to greater diversity, equity and inclusion on Broadway and arts in city.

Just a typical New York night. A line for a Broadway show, a NYPD mounted officer looking on… All Photos & Videos: Phil O’Brien.
The line at 7:35pm (for an 8pm show) went back onto 8th Avenue.
Checking ID and Vaccination Cards didn’t seem to slow down the lines.
Jujamcyn Theaters President Jordan Roth with Pass Over playwright Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu before the performance.
The Broadway lines had a little bit of NYC garbage to contend with.
Frank DiLella from NY1’s On Stage was on hand to cover the event.
You can hear the last seconds of the performance — and then the rush to see the cast get a standing ovation.
The cast — Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood and Gabriel Ebert — acknowledge the audience.
The cast has a group hug with playwright Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu and Director Dayna Taymor.
The block party begins as the theater empties out onto W52nd Street with S.N.O.B. as the music/DJs.
Playwright Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu and Director Dayna Taymor overlook the W52nd St crowd.
The crowd on W52nd Street look up at the August Wilson Theatre.
Playwright Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu and Director Dayna Taymor celebrate with the cast.

And of course, the evening would not be complete without a Playbill picture. Thanks to Matt Britten from Broadway Briefing for this perfect capture!

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