Broadway Curtains Will Still Go Up Despite Snow; TKTS Booths and Off-Broadway Also Open

News   Broadway Curtains Will Still Go Up Despite Snow; TKTS Booths and Off-Broadway Also Open
 
There's no business like snow business. Despite a winter storm warning for the New York City area on Feb. 25-26, it's expected to be business as usual for Broadway shows on Friday.
Snow around the statue of George M. Cohan in Times Square.
Snow around the statue of George M. Cohan in Times Square. Photo by David LeShay

The National Weather Service reported that by the time the storm ends on Saturday morning, 10-16 inches of snow will have fallen on the area. Heavy wet snow mixed with powdery snow, plus high winds, hammered the area. The snow will diminish Friday.

Commuters who were planning to drive into the city are urged to use public transportation.

The Broadway League confirmed on Thursday that the curtains would go up Thursday and Friday despite the snow coming down. The League suggested that if patrons cannot get to their shows, they should contact their point of purchase for possible exchange information.

The Off-Broadway League also announced on Feb. 26 that its member shows are also going on as expected. Visit offbroadway.com for any updates.

"All three TKTS booths are fully staffed and open as usual," said Theatre Development Fund's executive director, Victoria Bailey. "Traditionally, snow days like today are a great opportunity to get TKTS to almost anything you'd want and not have spend much time online. If you want to plan a weekend of theatregoing, our satellite booths in South Street Seaport and Downtown Brooklyn also sell matinee tickets the day before the performance." A blizzard warning was issued for New York City Feb. 10, but shows went on as usual on that two-show Wednesday. The accumulation ended up not being the snowpocalypse some thought was coming. Indeed, there is more accumulation with the current storm; 16 inches of snow was reported in Central Park on Feb. 26.

With these weather events, Broadway usually follows the old entertainment rule, "The show must go on." There is still a population of tourists and New Yorkers eager to take in a play or musical — or take advantage of the possibility that some hard-to-get tickets might be easier to snag if weather-reluctant theatregoers stay away.

New York City public schools are closed Feb. 26. More than 1,000 flights in and out of the city have been canceled.

The <i>Present Laughter</i> marquee amid the Feb. 25 snowfall.
The Present Laughter marquee amid the Feb. 25 snowfall. Photo by Matthew Blank
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