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McCourt Seating Setup for "An Audience With"
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The Shed at Hudson Yards is officially reopening next month

COVID-negative guests will be treated to performances by musicians and comedians.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

We can't believe we're saying this but here it goes: New Yorkers will soon have a chance to catch a live performance smack-dab in the middle of the city thanks to a new series at The Shed—the much-discussed cultural center in Hudson Yards featuring a retractable roof.

Aptly called "An Audience with...," the five-night performance series will kick off on April 2 through April 22. Needless to say, the 18,000-square-foot space will follow New York State health guidelines (think a new ventilation system, distanced seating, 115-foot-high ceilings).

"After an unprecedented yearlong shutdown of indoor performance in New York, The Shed looks to once again celebrate the irreplaceable communal experience of attending a live show," said Alex Poots, Artistic Director and CEO of The Shed, in an official press release announcing the news. "Though music and comedy, we hope 'An Audience with...' will provide some much-needed beauty and joy for both artists and audiences and, along with our other spring/summer programs, will contribute to our city's recovery."

McCourt Seating Setup for "An Audience With"
Photograph: Jasdeep Kang

The opening night of the programming will feature singer and cellist Kelsey Lu. Musicians from the New York Philharmonic will take the stage on April 14 and 15 while soprano Renée Fleming will treat audiences to her mesmerizing voice on April 21. The next night, on April 22, comedian Michelle Wolf promises to make everyone laugh. 

In addition to seating visitors in socially-distanced pairs, the nonprofit art center announced that only 150 people will be allowed to attend each performance (the venue can host up to 1,200 folks in regular times). Ticket holders will be asked to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival and they should also expect timed entries and exits, contactless ticket scanning, maximum performance lengths of 80 minutes and no coat check or concessions. Of course, we'll take what we can get.

But that's not all: the series is just a kickoff to the destination's spring/summer programming, which includes the always delightful Frieze New York art fair, set to take over the space in May.

Tickets for the various acts go on sale this week on The Shed's official website.

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