NEW YORK CITY | As planes, trains and other forms of transportation ground to a halt Monday October 29 as Superstorm Sandy made her presence known, many theatrical productions in New York City have either cancelled or postponed their performances. That’s a good thing, since transportation has shut down. Much of Tuesday’s air and rail service has already been cancelled, and more than 10 million public transit commuters are without service.
Here’s what not to expect in New York onstage due to the ongoing effects of Sandy:
1) Idina Menzel‘s performance at Carnegie Hall rescheduled for Sunday, November 4. Carnegie Hall announced that the performance by Idina Menzel, presented by Live Nation and Princeton Entertainment, originally scheduled for October 29 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, has been rescheduled for Sunday November 4 at 8PM due to Hurricane Sandy. Tickets for Menzel’s October 29 performance will be honored at the new date. Ticketholders can direct any questions to CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.
2) AVENUE Q has cancelled its 10/30 performance at New World Stages (340 W. 50 St.) due to ongoing effects of Hurrican Sandy. Originally was originally scheduled to be dark on Halloween night, Oct. 31, AVENUE Q will now resume its regular performance schedule on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. For performance and ticket information call Telecharge at 212 239 6200 or visit www.avenueq.com
3) 54 Below announced that the following performances have been cancelled: Tuesday, October 30 at 8:30PM – Melissa Errico, and Tuesday, October 30 at 10:30PM – Backstage. For patrons who would like to reschedule their tickets for Tuesday night, Melissa Errico plays at 54 Below through Saturday November 3. Those who have purchased tickets who are unable to reschedule will receive a full refund through TicketWeb.com. 54 Below will contact ticket-buyers about rescheduled performances.
54 Below plans to reopen Wednesday, October 31. (In the event that train and subway service is not restored by Wednesday, 54 Below will issue a further announcement.) Call 646-476-3551 or visit www.54Below.com for further updates
4) As a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities and additional safety precautions implemented due to severe weather on behalf of Hurricane Sandy, all Broadway performances on Tuesday evening, October 30th have been cancelled.
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, stated, “Now that the storm has arrived, I’d like to reiterate that the safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone’s primary concern. We expect normal operations to resume Wednesday morning.”
For refund and exchanges on Broadway:
If tickets were purchased via Telecharge or Ticketmaster via phone or online your credit card will be refunded automatically within 7-10 business days. For any issues, please contact the customer service information included with your tickets. Please have your Order Number/Confirmation Number handy. Original tickets need not be retained.
If tickets were purchased at the Box Office: please return your original tickets to the Theater Box Office. You have the option of receiving a full refund to the original method of payment or exchanging your tickets for an alternate date of your choice, subject to availability.
If tickets were purchased as part of a Group: please contact your Group Sales Agent for more information regarding refunds or exchanges. Original tickets should be retained until you contact the Group Sales Agent.
If tickets were purchased through any other sales channel, please return to the original point of purchase for more information. If you have your tickets in hand, please retain them for a refund or exchange.
5) The French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) will be closed on Tuesday, October 30. All French classes and events at all locations in New York and New Jersey are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday. The Library, Gallery, and Preschool will remain closed. Our centers in East Village, Brooklyn, and Montclair will also remain closed. All CinémaTuesday screenings scheduled for Tuesday are also cancelled. Please check fiaf.org for the latest information.
6) Due to the severe weather caused by Hurricane Sandy, all performances of Audience, from Belgium’s Ontroerend Goed, have been cancelled. Refunds will be issued to all ticket buyers. Information on a revised U.S. premiere date at the NYU Skirball Center is not available at this time. This was to be the U.S. debut of this Belgian company.
- BREAKING: NYU Cancels Monday Classes Because Of Hurricane Sandy (nyulocal.com)
- Broadway, Carnegie Hall shutter before Hurricane Sandy (cbc.ca)
- Broadway cancels shows due to Hurricane Sandy (kmov.com)
- Here’s Your List of Sandy-Related Concert Cancellations (blogs.villagevoice.com)
- pretty much almost everything in NYC is cancelled tonight (Swans still happening as of this post though) (brooklynvegan.com)
- Hurricane Sandy Update: All Broadway Shows Cancelled for Monday & Tuesday; Many Other Events As Well (broadwayworld.com)
- Broadway, movie theaters go into hurricane mode (variety.com)
- All Broadway shows canceled due to storm (popwatch.ew.com)
- Idina Menzel Not Nearly As “Wicked” As Advertized (mix1041.cbslocal.com)
- Official: ALL Broadway Shows Cancelled for Sunday & Monday (broadwayworld.com)