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Broadway Shows Cancelled, Movie Theaters Darkened Due to Blizzard

The winter storm pounding the east coast this weekend has prompted Broadway to darken across the board, with the Broadway League declaring all Saturday shows cancelled due to a government ban on travel and the suspension of some public transportation in the city.

Meanwhile, many movie theaters in the area also closed because of the weather. On Saturday afternoon, for instance, AMC Theatres’ website showed that screenings at some (but not all) movie theaters in Manhattan had been suspended. Other events in the city also were nixed, including a concert with Rita Moreno at Lincoln Center.

Like the rest of the east coast, Broadway has had its eye on the storm since early this week. Overnight the winter storm was upgraded to a blizzard in the New York City area, with the National Weather Service predicting as much as two feet of snow.  In response, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo put a ban on travel and the Manhattan Transit Authority made plans to cancel bus service in the afternoon, as well as reduce subway service after 4:00 pm Saturday.

On Broadway, both matinees and evening performances will go dark — and the Broadway box office will take a hit because of it. Those two Saturday shows are usually among the most profitable of the week for any production.

When it comes to cancelling Broadway shows, the Broadway League tends to follow the lead of the New York City and state governments as well as the MTA. If flights are cancelled, car travel is banned, buses are gone and subways are limited, patrons will have a hard time getting to their performances — and it might prove unsafe if they tried. (Productions offer exchanges to theatergoers holding tickets to cancelled performances.)

For now, all Broadway performances on Sunday remain on the schedule.

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