All Sunday events nixed prior to Irene

In one of the first definite legit cancellations of the upcoming weekend, the head of the New York Intl. Fringe Festival has preemptively darkened all fest shows skedded for Sunday, and also nixed the awards ceremony previously set for Sunday evening, in advance of the expected arrival of Hurricane Irene.

Severe weather remains on track to hit Gotham late Saturday, with rain, wind gusts and flooding potentially harrying the city through much of the day Sunday.

“Due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene, we have decided to cancel all FringeNYC events on Sunday, August 28th,” said Fringe topper Elena K. Holy in statement. “All ticket purchases have already been refunded in full. The FringeNYC Closing Night Party scheduled for Sunday, August 28th has also been canceled. Awards will be announced online instead.”

Though it remains uncertain how severe the storm will be when it hits New York, city leaders have made a major public push urging residents to be prepared. Evacuation of hospitals and nursing homes in low-lying areas had already begun Friday, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority warned that mass transit could be shut down as soon as Saturday afternoon.

For now, all Broadway productions remain on track to play all scheduled performances this weekend.

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