Hurricane Sandy Forces Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway Cancellations

Update 2 p.m. The Broadway League has just announced: All Broadway performances in NYC for evenings of 10/28 & 10/29 have been cancelled. 10/28 matinees are playing as scheduled.

Here’s what the Broadway League says about getting refunds and exchanges for canceled performances:

“For Refund and Exchanges:

If tickets were purchased via Telecharge or Ticketmaster via phone or online your credit card will be refunded automatically within 7-10 business days. For any issues, please contact the customer service information included with your tickets. Please have your Order Number/Confirmation Number handy. Original tickets need not be retained.

If tickets were purchased at the Box Office: please return your original tickets to the Theater Box Office. You have the option of receiving a full refund to the original method of payment or exchanging your tickets for an alternate date of your choice, subject to availability.

If tickets were purchased as part of a Group: please contact your Group Sales Agent for more information regarding refunds or exchanges. Original tickets should be retained until you contact the Group Sales Agent.

If tickets were purchased through any other sales channel, please return to the original point of purchase for more information. If you have your tickets in hand, please retain them for a refund or exchange.”

With the impending threat of Hurricane Sandy in the tri-state area, New York Governor Cuomo announced the shutting down of all subway, bus and commuter service around 7 p.m. tonight, Sunday, October 28th, then New Jersey Governor Christie announced “gradual system-wide shutdown of all bus, rail, light rail and Access Link service, starting at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon…”

Many shows have subsequently canceled performances both for tonight and Monday, though many are going ahead with their matinees today.

Cancelled Sunday evening performances so far:


Book of Mormon



Mary Poppins

Mamma Mia!

The Lion King

The Performers;

Phantom of the Opera


Roundabout Theatre Company’s Bad Jews

Lincoln Center Theater’s Disgraced

the Public Theater’s Wild With HappyGiant, and Fun Home


Emotional Creatures

The Exonerated

Forbidden Broadway


Signature Theatre’s The Piano Lesson and Golden Child;


York Theatre’s Closer Than Ever

Tokyo Hotel at New World Stages

the Big Apple Circus (5:30pm show)

Transport Group’s House for Sale

Silence! the Musical

the Broadway Scares benefit

Rachel Potter’s Birdland concert

54 Below concerts by Mark Nadler and Nicole Parker.

The Monday evening performance of Newsies has also been cancelled, as well as the 54 Below concerts of David Friedman and Brent Barrett.

Off-Off Broadway

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

The Orpheus Variations

Intar Theater’s One Minute Play Festival

For inspiration: Lin-Manuel Miranda lipsynching “Mama Will Provide” from Once On This Island,

“But on this island the earth sings
As soon as the storm ends….”

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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