Hurricane Sandy Forces Broadway Theaters to Go Dark for Third Day
The shutdown is one day longer than the one that followed the 9/11 attacks.
Sometimes, the show must not go on.
As New York begins to feel the brute force of Hurricane Sandy, representatives for the Great White Way have announced that all Broadway performances will go dark for a third consecutive day.
After announcing that Sunday and Monday evenings' performances had been canceled, a statement from the Broadway League says that Tuesday night's performances have been called off, as well.
"As a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities and additional safety precautions implemented due to severe weather on behalf of Hurricane Sandy, all Broadway performances on Tuesday evening, October 30th will be canceled," the statement reads.
The three-day closure is a significant one for a non-strike-related event. Hurricane Irene caused a 48-hour Broadway theater shutdown in 2011, and the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 also resulted in a two-day closure of all Broadway theaters. The theater district was fully alight -- albeit with dimmed marquees -- and reporting 60-70 percent occupancies on the Thursday following the attacks.