UPDATED! After Blizzard Hits NYC, Broadway and Off-Broadway Still Playing Feb. 9
By Kenneth Jones
A classic "nor'easter" storm that swept up the U.S. East Coast and merged with another storm from the Midwest — commingling with Arctic high-pressure to the north — created blizzard conditions and dumped about 11 inches of snow in New York City, and up to 30 inches in parts of Long Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, Feb. 8-9. Broadway and Off-Broadway shows went on, with a few exceptions.
Theatregoers planning on Saturday matinees were greeted with clear blue skies by noon Feb. 9. Below-freezing temperatures are expected at night. Those who couldn't get to see their Friday and Saturday shows due to weather conditions should inquire about exchange opportunities at point of purchase.
At 5 PM Friday, Feb. 8, Broadway leaders announced that weekend shows would proceed Feb. 8-9. Some Broadway and Off-Broadway producers announced discounted "snow day" ticket prices for the weekend.
Apparently anticipating some cancelled reservations due to the snow this weekend, Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company on East 13th Street announced on Feb. 8 that it was offering $35 rush tickets for its Feb. 8-10 performances of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical Passion. (Visit the box office and have cash or credit card. The discount is also available online with promotional code SNOWDAY at classicstage.org.)
Roundabout Theatre Company is also offering a hot deal on a cold weekend: See Broadway's Picnic or The Mystery of Edwin Drood or Off-Broadway's Talley's Folly Feb. 8-9 for only $20 when you purchase tickets at the box offices of the American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54 and the Laura Pels Theatre (respectively) when you show your MTA MetroCard. (The Friday evening first preview of Talley's Folly was cancelled and moved to 2 PM Saturday.)
In general 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 with fewer theatregoers around.
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