Greening The Great White Way
Today New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg along with the Broadway League, made a special announcement: Broadway is going green. This is in part of a larger strategy for New York City’s Long Term Planning and Sustainability and the National Resources Defense Council.
Broadway producers, actors, and theater owners are just some of the others involved to help reduce Broadway’s carbon footprint in New York City.
Mayor Bloomberg said that theater goers will not notice large changes in their theater going experience, if any.
“Nearly a quarter of Broadway theaters have already switched the theaters’ lights to more energy efficient bulbs - and the remaining theaters have pledged to do so within the next 12 months,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
“I’d always believed that the environmental movement didn’t require my attention and was being handled by professionals and activists…” said Broadway Producer David Stone of the hit musical “Wicked” who was also on hand for the event.
“Broadway reaches a huge audience, so in addition to Broadway doing our part to help Earth, we hope to encourage theatergoers to take personal action to make meaningful changes to their daily lives,” said The Broadway League Chair Nina Lannan.
There were green characters on hand to delight the press including Elphaba from “Wicked”, Nicky from “Avenue Q” and Frank from “Young Frankenstein.”
When asked about the cities current economic times and if that he feels Broadway will be affected, Mr. Bloomberg said that New York City’s tourism numbers remain high he hopes that those numbers will continue to fill theaters.