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Broadway and the Blizzards of 2014

Times Square, 2 p.m., January 21, 2014, snowing.  The first of the "blizzards" this year. Photograph by Jonathan Mandell.

Times Square, 2 p.m., January 21, 2014, snowing. The first of the “blizzards” this year. Photograph by Jonathan Mandell.

Click here for information about the January, 2015 snowstorm

The two questions theatergoers want answered whenever a big snowstorm threatens are:

Will the shows be canceled?

Will there be a snow day discount?

In general, it is rare that the Broadway League will announce the cancellation of a show. It hasn’t happened so far in 2014 (as of February 15th.) But if you cannot make it to a show, you should contact your point of purchase  in advance.

As for snow day discounts — Look on Twitter; check out the Twitter feed of your favorite show(s). They are unlikely to advertise their snow day discounts on their website.

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February 13, 2014 update:

All Broadway shows played as scheduled on Thursday, February 13, 2014.  It’s unlikely that any Broadway shows will be canceled on Friday.

However, some cancellations have been announced Off-Broadway: Signature Theatre has cancelled “Our Funny Valentine” Cabaret. The Negro Ensemble Company has canceled Friday’s Lillias White benefit concert “A Woman in Love.

Snow day discount specials:

1. Bronx Bombers ‏@BXBombersPlay
Game Day Snow Special! Get $40 tix for tonight’s 7:00pm performance of Bronx Bombers with code BBSNOW121.  #BXBPlay
2. Bridges Musical ‏@BridgesBroadway
SNOW DAY SPECIAL! Come to the box office Thursday and get $35 tickets when you mention this offer. Limited number of tickets available!

3. MAMMA MIA! ‏@MammaMiaMusical
Snow Day Special: tickets as low as $59 for tonight’s 8pm Bway performance with code MMSNOW. Get tickets:

4 Chicago The Musical ‏@ChicagoMusical
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… Save up to $50 on CHICAGO tickets NOW through Sun, 2/16! Use code: CHFL31119

5. Pippin the Musical ‏@PippinMusical
When snow falls PIPPIN soars! Get up to $50 off tickets to PIPPIN for tonights performance ONLY! Use Code: PITIXWIN.

Best deal –> 6. Roundabout Theatre ‏@RTC_NYC
SNOW SPECIAL! See #Machinal at 8pm for just $20. Tix available from the American Airlines box office only, show your Metro card.

More snow day discounts:

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man – The New Off-Broadway ComedyIt may be snowing outside but inside the #SexTips theater it’s HOT HOT HOT! Get tickets for just $20 for tonight’s show by using code SNOWDAY online at http://bit.ly/sextipssnowday OR by visiting our box office at 777 8th Ave tonight beginning at 7pm.

Many shows both on Broadway and Off Broadway are offering “advance exchanges” (before the performance),  who are unable to attend a performance on Thursday, February 13, due to the storm, if you purchased your tickets through Telecharge.  You can reach Telecharge Customer Service at 212-239-6210

BROADWAY shows offering ADVANCE EXCHANGES (before the performance) for Telecharge customers who are unable to attend a performance on Thursday, February 13, due to the storm:
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical The Book of Mormon
The Bridges of Madison County Bronx Bombers
Chicago Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder The Glass Menagerie
Jersey Boys Kinky Boots
Mamma Mia! Matilda the Musical
No Man’s Land Once
Outside Mullingar The Phantom of the Opera
Pippin Rock of Ages
Rocky Twelfth Night
OFF-BROADWAY shows offering ADVANCE EXCHANGES (before the performance) for Telecharge customers who are unable to attend a performance on Thursday, February 13, due to the storm:
Avenue Q Breakfast With Mugabe
Handle with Care iLuminate
Intimacy Middle of the Night
Murder for Two Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet…
NEWSical The Musical Philosophy for Gangsters
Stop Hitting Yourself Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical

Strong winter storm to impact the Tri-state region on Thursday.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 am EST Friday, February 14th.

  • Locations: Hudson, Southern Westchester, New York, Bronx. Richmond, Kings, northern Queens, southern Queens.
  • Hazard types: Heavy snow.
  • Accumulations: snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches.
  • Winds: north 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
  • Temperatures: Lower 30s.
  • Visibilities: one quarter to one half mile at times.

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Click here for news about the second (possible) blizzard of 2014, on January 21st.

The winter storm named Hercules, according to weather reports, will “pummel” the Northeast, including New York City. The National Weather Service has issued a “blizzard warning”which will make “travel extremely dangerous.”

Update Friday morning January 3: Despite the snowstorm that has covered much of the area, all Broadway shows will play as scheduled Jan. 3, according to The Broadway League.

Remember: Because of the holidays, five Broadway shows have added Friday matinees. (Click here for full schedule of planned Broadway performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

To encourage theatergoers to throw caution to the windchill (expected to be around zero degrees Fahrenheit), several theaters are offering storm discounts. Here are the details so far:

A Night With Janis Joplin writes: “Special offer: tonight, tomorrow, and Sat matinee tix starting at $32 w/code JJSNOW.”

After Midnight writes Friday:  “Mention SNOW at the box office to save 50% on great tix for today’s 2 & 8p shows.”

Roundabout Theatre wrote on Thursday:  “SNOW DAY SPECIAL! We’re offering $20 tix to #MACHINAL at 8pm tonight. Purchase at the American Airlines Box Office only with a metro card.”

Manhattan Theater Club writes on Friday: “Snow Day Special: All tickets to tonight’s first preview of #OutsideMullingar are only $50 using code OMSNW14! Tonight only, act fast!”

Perhaps, most aptly, Disaster!  is offering $30 tickets, if you show up at the box office of the St. Luke’s Theater and use the code: DISNOW

Statement on the storm from Mayor Bill deBlasio: “This has been and remains a dangerous storm. It is going to be bitter cold today, and New Yorkers need to be extremely careful going outdoors. The best things people can do are to stay off the roads so we can clear them as fast as possible, and to check in on elderly and vulnerable neighbors who might need help this morning.”

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About 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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