Broadway theaters may be closed through at least next spring because of the coronavirus pandemic. But Don McLean, the singer-songwriter best known for the 1971 hit tune “American Pie,” said that doesn’t deter him from his dream of authoring a musical.
If anything, Mr. McLean said now is the perfect moment to start thinking about the project since he isn’t able to continue with his nonstop touring schedule because so many concert venues are closed as well.
“I have had a number of things I wanted to do and I’ve been so busy. I’ve been on the road for 50 years,” he said.
Mr. McLean isn’t alone. Several artists and theatrical producers are developing shows these days with Broadway (or off-Broadway) in mind, saying the pandemic has afforded them the luxury of time to work on these efforts. Some are projects that were in motion, with early-stage productions outside New York City, before theaters were forced to cease operations in mid-March, while others are ones that emerged during the shutdown.
But either way, the current period is proving to be one of unbridled creativity. Or so asserts Mike Rafael, a veteran Broadway sales and ticketing consultant.