Mr. Licht labored with ViacomCBS to get the mandatory clearances. By mid-Could, when the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention lifted indoor rules for masks use amongst vaccinated folks, the present was nicely on its solution to a return. Approval from New York State got here Could 22, Mr. Licht stated.
After Mr. Colbert introduced, three weeks in the past, that he would quickly be again onstage, others adopted go well with, together with Bruce Springsteen, who stated his “Springsteen on Broadway” present would return to the St. James Theater on June 26. Mr. Colbert’s NBC rival, Jimmy Fallon, welcomed again a full viewers of slightly below 200 folks for “The Tonight Present” final week, although attendees have been required to put on masks in his 30 Rockefeller Plaza studio.
The Ed Sullivan Theater, inbuilt 1927, has hosted a lot of dramatic moments in broadcast and New York historical past, together with landmark performances by Elvis Presley and the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Present,” and David Letterman’s return to broadcasting six days after the assaults of Sept. 11, 2001.
It was restored to its former glory after CBS purchased the constructing, for $4 million, because the venue for Mr. Letterman’s program in 1993. When Mr. Colbert succeeded him in 2015, the community refurbished it anew at a value of $18 million. Till Monday, the final “Late Present” broadcast from its stage came about March 12, 2020, when the host delivered his strains to empty seats.
Mr. Licht stated he was involved about discovering sufficient folks keen to indicate up for the Monday taping so quickly after pandemic restrictions had been lifted, a fear that proved unfounded. Twenty minutes after tickets have been made obtainable on-line, the present had obtained 20,000 requests, the producer stated.
The overwhelming majority of those that noticed the return had their masks on their laps or of their pockets. There was even the sound of scattered coughing, and nobody appeared shaken up by it.