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Plaza, Engeman theaters resume performances

Elizabeth Yetunde Abadale, left, Jeff Sullivan and Francesca

Elizabeth Yetunde Abadale, left, Jeff Sullivan and Francesca Ferrari are among the cast of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The casts of "South Pacific" at Plaza's Broadway Long Island in Elmont and "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport have to something to sing about after last weekend's performances were canceled at both theaters.

Plaza, Nassau County's first professional theater company, had to scrap its opening-weekend plans after a cast member tested positive for COVID-19. The theater's grand opening will finally take place with Thursday's matinee performance of "South Pacific."

Engeman, meanwhile, resumed performances of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" on Wednesday afternoon.

The cast, crew and staff at both theaters had to be tested twice between Friday and Monday to ensure that no one tested positive for COVID-19.

"I am happy to report that all COVID PCR tests for the entire company came back negative," said Kevin Harrington, Plaza's founder and executive producer. "So, on with the show as I am thrilled to open the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic 'South Pacific' on Thursday, October 7."

He added that Plaza has extended its discount code (SP25) to obtain tickets at a reduced price. The show runs through Oct. 24.

Richard Dolce, Engeman's producing artistic director, added that all test results came back negative there as well. In addition to "Smokey Joe's Cafe," which runs through Oct. 31, performances of the children's theater production "Rapunzel" will resume Sunday morning.

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