Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has been making a concerted effort to let New York City and the nation know that Broadway is up and running and open for business, bravely continuing in the aftermath of last week's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Since the Sept. 11 catastrophe, New Yorkers have turned out in droves to help, donating blood at hospitals and volunteering their services at crisis centers around town. The Mayor has repeatedly suggested, however, that an equally potent way to support the city's recovery efforts is to attend a Broadway show.
"We are specifically going to reach out to restaurants and to Broadway plays," the Mayor was quoted as saying, "to see if they need some transitional help because we may be going through a period in which people might just not feel like going to a Broadway play.
"If you really want to help New York City," he continued, "come to New York. Go to a play. Spend money in New York City."
Despite the recent spate of Broadway closings, the following Broadway shows are still playing indefinitely: 42nd Street, Aida, Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, Chicago, Contact, Les Miserables, Proof, Rent, The Full Monty, The Lion King, The Music Man, The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and Urinetown. Monetary help may also becoming from the Mayor's office itself. Rocky Horror producer Jordan Roth told Playbill On-Line, "We've just heard today that the Mayor's office will be working with Broadway to prevent closings. "
A cast member of The Full Monty told Playbill On-Line that Broadway shows are being asked by the Mayor's Office to dedicate the proceeds of one performance to the city's Twin Towers Fund. The cast of the hit musical has not yet voted on a specific date.
—By Robert Simonson