NEW YORK CITY – A MAGNET FOR ARTISTS, ACTORS, DANCERS (CREATORS ALL) – IS STRUGGLING

Before the pandemic, the city boasted 280,000 jobs in the fine and performing arts. Between April and July 153,000 of those jobs disappeared, as well as for costume designers, lighting technicians and musicians. The industry supported about 97,000 jobs across the city, and overall contributed $14.7-billion annually. Broadway is already into seven months of shutdown, the longest in its history.PETRINA BROMLEY, a Newfoundlander who plays a Newfoundlander in Broadway’s ‘Come From Away’ musical said “We can never go back to before.” She grabbed her two terriers, and fled to St. John’s, Newfoundland’s capital city. There she will have public-funded health care, and is now teaching, working in television and spending her retirement savings. Ms. Bromley told The New York Times – “Newfoundland has felt really safe because there’s no community spread (of the virus). It feels almost normal, except everybody is wearing masks.” <PHOTO – Darryl Murphy, CBC>

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