The ghost light — an electric lamp left on onstage in a theater — is more than a safety precaution. Theater lore has it that every theater has its own ghost, and it’s been tradition to leave this light on so that they can perform. It’s also long considered as one of theater’s greatest metaphors: that in this art form, there is light and it will never go out.
These days, we know theater’s many forms. The musical, a favorite form of many, makes for a great, and affecting, time at the theater with its ability to tell a story through words, dance, and music. And there are all kinds of stories, too: a governess who sings of music on the mountaintops, a group of struggling New York artists during the HIV/AIDS crisis, a young immigrant determined to get his shot, and well, cats.
In this time of pandemic, we have turned to the arts. Our days indoors are spent consuming it: music, books, movies and TV shows. How about adding musical theater to the mix? For those new to this, welcome. We hope you fall in love with musicals, and that we’ll catch you in a theater soon. And to those who have long found comfort in this industry, the show isn’t ending just yet — this is just an intermission.