B'way Theatre Spared in Fire at Marriott Marquis Hotel

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A Sept. 29 fire at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York’s Times Square left unscathed the Marquis Theatre on the second and third floors.

A Sept. 29 fire at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York’s Times Square left unscathed the Marquis Theatre on the second and third floors.

A spokesperson for the Nederlander Organization, which operates the theatre, said there was no damage to the performing space.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which sent some guests fleeing thick smoke. The fire, which reportedly began in a storeroom of the hotel's restaurant, was reported shortly after 7 AM (ET) and declared under control by 8:30 AM.

Later in the day, Marriott spokesperson Jackie Camacho told Playbill On Line, "Things are fine now. The fire was very small, contained within the manager's office of JW's, one of the restaurants. Even the restaurant itself wasn't really affected, and no guests in the restaurant, fortunately. JW's should be back open for business tomorrow."

As for the fire, Camacho said, "It was very smoky when it occured, which was alarming. There's some smoke and water damage in the restaurant area, but not anywhere else. The fire detection systems we have here are very modern." There is no show currently playing at the Marquis. Victor/Victoria closed at the Marquis in July. Paul Simon’s The Capeman is scheduled to start previews there in December.

Production spokesman John Barlow said workers have begun hanging lights for Capeman but no scenery for the show had been loaded in yet.

- By Robert Viagas

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