Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Broadway League Cancels All Shows Today, A Half Hour Before Matinees Begin


The Broadway League had to acquiesce to Bill deBlasio and cancel all shows today– a half hour before scheduled 2pm matinees. deBlasio only announced his decision at 1pm. There were lines outside “Hamilton” of eager people hoping to score cancellations. Someone told me that deBlasio has so far not to been a Broadway show since he became mayor. So he wouldn’t know the theatergoers come in an hour before showtime. I can only imagine what’s going on.

Here’s a pic of the Hamilton fans waiting:

hamilton fansAnd here’s the statement from the Broadway league”




As a result of the ban on travel in New York and suspension of public transportation by government authorities and additional safety precautions implemented due to severe weather, all Broadway matinee and evening performances on Saturday, January 23rd, will be cancelled.

Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, stated, “Now that the snowstorm has arrived, I’d like to reiterate that the safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone’s primary concern. As a result of the ban on travel in New York and the suspension of public transportation by government authorities and other safety precautions implemented on behalf of the weather, matinee and evening performances will be cancelled today, January 23rd. We expect normal operations to resume for tomorrow’s Sunday matinees.”

Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available. For information about refunds and exchanges, theatregoers should contact their point-of-purchase.

P.S. The “Hamilton” crew isn’t rushing home, Mayor.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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