Because of the millions expected to attend the Sept. 5 NFL celebration in Times Square and the possible congestion in the theatre district, a few Broadway shows have decided to push back their curtain time to 8:30 PM.
As of Aug. 20, those shows that will proceed with an 8:30 PM curtain on Sept. 5 include Chicago (Shubert Theatre) and 42nd Street (Ford Center for the Performing Arts). More productions are expected to announce a change in start time as well; Playbill On-Line will post updates.
The National Football League (NFL) will hold a special event in Times Square on Sept. 5 to mark the beginning of the 2002 football season.
"NFL Kickoff Live from Times Square" will feature performances from Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias and a host of other pop stars prior to the football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants (Giants Stadium). CBS will tape the event and air one hour's worth of footage on Sept. 6. VH1 plans to televise Bon Jovi's performance live on Sept. 6 from 7 to 8 PM. MTV will also televise some portions of the program during its 90-minute "TRL" show, which begins at 3:30 PM. September will be an unusual month for the New York theatre; many shows have already canceled performances on Sept. 11 to honor those who lost their lives during last year's attacks on the World Trade Center.
—By Andrew Gans