Let the Good Times Roll: After Blackout, Broadway Is Back in Business Aug. 16

News   Let the Good Times Roll: After Blackout, Broadway Is Back in Business Aug. 16
The feet of Broadway performers will be extra tired Aug. 16 following a day of creative commuting to and from shows in a New York City where public transit service was slowed or simply unavailable due to the massive Aug. 14-15 power outage that hit many states and parts of southern Ontario.

Shows were back in business Friday Aug. 15 after one dark night, Thursday Aug. 14, and shows Saturday Aug. 16 are scheduled to play as usual. By Saturday morning, subway service was 100 percent operational.

By 11 PM Aug. 15, some 31 hours after the 4:11 PM (ET) Aug. 14 energy failure, 100 percent of power in New York City had been reported restored.

As previously reported by Playbill On-Line, it was announced at 2 PM Aug. 15 that Broadway shows would go on Friday night as usual (power seemed to be back up by early afternoon in the theatre district), and service at the TKTS discount tickets booth was restored at 3 PM Friday.

Personnel putting on shows on and Off-Broadway had to be especially creative about getting to work on time Friday due to the lack of commuter and subway trains. Some walked, some hopped cabs, some crammed into buses, some carpooled.

On Friday night after performances, many cast, crew and musician folk who live in outlying areas or so-called outer-boroughs had crashed at the Manhattan homes of friends, colleagues or relatives so as to avoid a possibly difficult Saturday commute to the 2 PM matinees. Playbill On-Line learned from several artists in the New York International Fringe Festival that shows between 4 PM Aug. 14 and 10 PM Aug. 15 had been cancelled due to the blackout, but shows after 10 PM Aug. 15 were expected to go on.

For information about exchange policies for those who held tickets to any theatre event in the city Aug. 14, inquire at the point of purchase.

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