Many Broadway Shows to Forego Sept. 11, 2002, Performances

News   Many Broadway Shows to Forego Sept. 11, 2002, Performances The horrendous events of Sept. 11, 2001, led Broadway producers to cancel performances of their shows for that evening. On this year's first anniversary of the terrorist attacks, many of those same productions, as well as some new ones, will voluntarily go dark.

The horrendous events of Sept. 11, 2001, led Broadway producers to cancel performances of their shows for that evening. On this year's first anniversary of the terrorist attacks, many of those same productions, as well as some new ones, will voluntarily go dark.

Because the date falls on a Wednesday this year, that will mean matinees as well as evening shows will be eliminated.

Many of the Broadway shows will schedule performances on another day to make up for the lost show. In addition, several Off-Broadway shows will be dark on Sept. 11. The following Broadway productions will not perform on Sept. 11 (list subject to change as the date approaches):

Show Sept. 11/02 Perfs Added
42nd Street Dark Monday 9/9: 8pm
Aida Dark Monday 9/9: 8pm,
Sunday 9/15: 7:30pm
Beauty & Beast Dark Monday 9/9: 8pm,
Tuesday 9/10: 8pm
Boys From Syracuse Dark Thursday 9/12: 2pm,
Sunday 9/15: 7:30pm
Chicago Dark Monday 9/9: 8pm
Frankie and Johnny Dark Monday 9/9: 8pm,
Sunday 9/15: 8pm
The Graduate 2pm canceled
Into the Woods Dark Monday 9/9: 8pm
Les Miserables Dark Sunday 9/15: 3pm, 8pm
The Lion King Dark Tuesday 9/10: 8pm,
Thursday 9/12: 2pm
Mamma Mia! Dark Monday 9/9: 8pm,
Sunday 9/15: 8pm
Noises Off Dark
Oklahoma! Dark (start of fall schedule)
The Phantom of the Opera Dark Sunday 9/15: 3pm, 8pm
Rent Dark
Urinetown Dark Monday 9/9: 8pm

Press spokesman Chris Boneau, whose firm Boneau/Bryan-Brown represents the Disney shows, as well as Frankie and Johnny, Cabaret, Urinetown, 42nd Street and Mamma Mia!, said "All of them are doing it out or respect. From the Disney standpoint, the move is in anticipation of memorials and events that will likely happen on that day." Another reason fueling producers' decision to shut their doors on Sept. 11 may be the fact that few tickets are reportedly being sold for performances on that date.

— By Robert Simonson
and David Gewirtzman