Terrorism Fears Make New York Theaters Wary

New York’s legit theater operators are taking a watchful stance with regard to security measures.

While spokesmen for the big three theater owners were reluctant to reveal details of security plans, all said security staff had not been beefed up since the Persian Gulf war began.

Philip Smith, exec vice-president of the Shubert Organization, said theater staff members were keeping a “constant vigilance” for unusual behavior, “people carrying parcels into the theater and so forth,” but that additional security measures had not been taken. A spokesman for Jujamcyn Theaters concurred.

“We have not had any bomb threats or threats of any kind,” said Peter Russell, operations manager for the Nederlander Organization. Russell did say, however, that additional New York City police officers had been escorting Topol, the Israeli star of “Fiddler On The Roof,” and comic Jackie Mason from stage doors to waiting limousines.

Last week, both Topol and Mason left their Broadway productions for brief trips to Israel. Mason’s one-man show, “Jackie Mason: Brand New” was scheduled to resume on Jan. 25. Topol was expected to resume his role as Tevye on Jan. 27.

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