Curtain up! It’s been almost eight months since the lights went down on Broadway in early March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — with what feels like no end in sight, since the Broadway League announced that shows would remain closed through at least June 2021.
But, as they say, the show must go on — on the Today show, anyway!
In celebration of Halloween, the Today staff took on the best of the Great White Way, with costumes from Chicago, Cats, Hamilton and Wicked.
Carson Daly acted as master of ceremonies for the segment, which saw Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer as Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart from Chicago, Craig Melvin and Al Roker as Alexander Hamilton and King George III from Hamilton, Jenna Bush Hager as Grizabella from Cats and Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb as Elphaba and Glinda from Wicked.
The Broadway community has been out of work since the world went into quarantine in early March and performances were indefinitely suspended.
Theatre fans naturally took to the comment section on Today’s Instagram to praise the morning show for bringing Broadway back, even if just for a moment.
“EPIC!!!! Standing ovation!!! ✨,” said one user, while another simply wrote, “BRAVO.”
Scroll through our gallery to see more from the Today show's Broadway extravaganza!
All That Jazz!
Finishing touches? Sheinelle Jones struts her stuff as Velma Kelly, with Jenna Bush Hager as Grizabella. The pair get ready for their big debut!
It's almost time for the 'Today' staffers to take the stage for the 'Best of Broadway' segment.
Jenna Bush Hager performed "Memory," Grizabella's 11 o'clock number, from Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical 'Cats.'
Practice Makes Perfect
It takes a lot of work to learn the 'Hot Honey Rag.' Check out their rehearsal.
And That’s… Chicago!
Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer give viewers the finished product.
There’s No Place Like… The Today Show!
We can't all come and go by bubble... except Hoda Kotb! Check her out 'Galinda-fying' before her 'Wicked' performance. Savannah Guthrie played her Elphaba, one of the most iconic female roles in modern musical theatre.
The pair were epic as the Witches of Oz, performing a medley of "Popular" and the Act I finale, "Defying Gravity."
Just You Wait…
What's Broadway without 'Hamilton'? Craig Melvin and Al Roker dressed as Alexander Hamilton and King George, respectively, from Lin-Manuel Miranda's mega-hit musical.
History Has It’s Eye On… Al
Al Roker made his big reveal as King George, the role originated on Broadway by Tony-nominated actor Jonathan Groff. Watch out, Groff... Al is coming for ya!
OK! gives a round of applause to the 'Today' staff for their stellar performances.
Watch It All
Catch the entire segment, a love letter to Broadway, here!