Broadway Shows to Play on, Movie Theaters Remain Open in NYC Despite Snowstorm
The show must go on!
Broadway will raise its curtains Tuesday night and movie theaters in the New York City area have no plans to close their doors.
Performances on the Great White Way will go on as scheduled despite the snowstorm battering New York City on Tuesday, The Broadway League announced this morning.
“The show must go on!" said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the league, in a statement. "For visitors who are staying in hotels and can’t get home, it’s a great time to see a show. Locals can see a hot show in a warm theater! As always, the safety and security of theatergoers is everyone's primary concern, so those who can’t get in to the city should contact their point of purchase for questions about exchange policies.”
Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Waitress, War Paint and more are scheduled for Tuesday evening showings. The organization instructed theatergoers to contact their point of purchase for questions about exchange policies.
The last time Broadway was shuttered was last January, when New York was hit with a record 26 inches of snow. In New York City and Long Island, the storm moved west and will bring more sleet and precipitation than snow. While earlier forecasts called for 18 inches or more, 4 to 6 inches are now expected.
Movie theaters across the city are remaining open, including AMC and Regal cinemas, as well as downtown's Metrograph theater.
Regal anticipated delayed openings and instructed people to call their respective theater to determine what time it will open, as it will vary by location. Union Square Stadium 14, E-Walk Stadium 13, Battery Park Stadium 11, Court Street Stadium 12 & RPX and Staten Island Stadium 16 & RPX are all open.
Several AMC theaters, however, on Long Island, in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Boston areas will be closed today, or will be opening later in the day.
An invite-only screening for Trainspotting 2, with the cast and director Danny Boyle, will still take place later Tuesday at NYC's Landmark Sunshine Cinema. One city event, the 2017 Robert Whitehead Awards Ceremony, has been postponed due to the inclement weather and an updated invitation is expected to follow.
It was also business as usual for all the major TV network morning shows. The lead anchors for early shows Good Morning America, Today and CBS This Morning all made it in to their shows' respective studios, where the ABC, NBC and CBS shows reported on the ongoing storm hitting the Northeast.
At the other end of the day's scheduled programming, things seemed to be proceeding as scheduled despite the snow. Both CBS' Late Show With Stephen Colbert and NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers were still planning to tape Tuesday night's shows that evening. NBC's Tonight Show is still on to tape with scheduled guests Adam Levine and Josh Gad.
However, on Comedy Central, Tuesday night's new episode of Daily Show With Trevor Noah has been canceled due to the weather.
Sting's show at the Bowery Ballroom is scheduled to take place Tuesday night as planned and Brooklyn's Barclays Center announced that, for now, all scheduled events this week are expected to go on, including a Wednesday night gig by Green Day. (See a list of canceled NYC concerts here.)
Elsewhere, the powerful nor'easter grounded more than 7,000 flights, closed schools and prompted warnings to stay off the roads. Blizzard warnings were issued for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
Public transportation across New York City was getting back on track after delayed morning routes. The LIRR, underground subway and city bus routes remain on schedule, while aboveground subway lines have been halted.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had declared a state of emergency and instructed non-essential state employees to stay home. He did, however, say the city is more prepared than in the past.
"We are much better in shape for flooding post-Sandy," said Cuomo during a Tuesday morning press conference. "A lot of this we've learned the hard way. We've had more extreme weather conditions over the past few years than almost every period in history. Hurricane Sandy taught us a lot."
Hilary Lewis, Tatiana Siegel and Ashley Lee contributed to this report.