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With Broadway dark, the show must go on outside New York City

The theater district in New York City is unusually quiet on Sept. 16, 2020. Broadway shows have been suspended since the beginning of the pandemic. Source: Ann Hermes/Staff

In the first few months of the Broadway season this year, Elizabeth Ward Land was experiencing what she calls a “late-career surge.” 

A veteran Broadway performer, she had just begun rehearsals for a prominent role in the musical “Memphis” at a regional theater in Raleigh, North Carolina, reprising a character she played in New York a decade ago. She also had a late-summer gig booked in Nashville, singing in a new production celebrating the struggle for women’s suffrage in 1920. 

The biggest thrill came in March, when her own show, “Still Within the Sound of My Voice,” a cabaret-style homage to the music of Linda Ronstadt, won a Bistro Award for best tribute show. Venues were beginning to contact her about booking performances. 

But nearly overnight, after accepting her award in Manhattan, her surging career experienced a reversal of fortune as dramatic as any of those in the musicals she’s performed.

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