Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Broadway Shows in Peril Because of Air Quality: “Camelot,” “Hamilton” Cancel, Shakespeare in the Park off Until Improvement


The scary air situation in New York City has hit Broadway and theater performances.

Both “Camelot” and “Hamilton” cancelled tonight’s shows because of the hazardous air quality. Shakespeare in the Park was supposed to start free performances tonight but has postponed until Saturday.

Jodie Comer, star of the one woman show, “Prima Facie,” stopped today’s matinee after ten minutes because she said she couldn’t breathe.

The Vineyard Theater cancelled tonight’s performance as well. Other theaters may be making last minute decisions.

One thing about the older New York house: they are porous. Hazardous air can seep in easily. It’s more important to protect casts and crews.

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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