Broadway and Blizzards: Questions and Answers

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TKTS booth, March 14, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. All Broadway shows a go as of now — a good time to check out the TKTS discount booths.

 

When snow begins to fall, New Yorkers ask one question — how bad will it get? — and New York theatergoers ask three more:

Will the shows be canceled?

Will shows offer a snow day discount?

What if I can’t make it to a show that hasn’t been canceled?

Here are some general answers:

1. How bad will it be?

Check online at the National Weather Service and/or Weather.com. The National Weather Service, a government agency, also has a good Twitter feed specifically for information about the New York region, @NWSNewYorkNY.

2. Will the shows be canceled

In general, it is rare for The Broadway League to announce the cancellation of shows on the Great White Way. However, for two Januarys in a row — in 2015 and 2016 – Broadway was shut down completely for a day because of a blizzard. In 2015, it was a false alarm — there wasn’t that much snow — but the governor had shut down the subway system, so the League was worried about both theatergoers and casts making it to and from the shows. In 2016, there was more than TWO FEET of snow.

The best way to track cancellations of individual New York shows is to check their Twitter feeds or their websites.  Theater news sites (such as this one) also keep up on the latest information.

Will shows offer a snow day discount?

Sometimes they do; sometimes they don’t. The best way to check this out is on Twitter. The shows themselves Tweet about it, and enterprising Tweeters (such as myself) often post their offers using a hashtag like #SnowDayDiscount. (Broadway shows are unlikely to advertise their snow day discounts on their websites. ) I have seen several hit shows, with impossible-t0-get-tickets, for steep discounts because I braved the elements to get there, when many ticket-holders didn’t show up.  (No, this did not include Hamilton.)

What if I can’t make it to a show for which I have tickets?
For information about refunds and exchanges, please contact the point of purchase. Here is the list that I compiled in 2016. (If these do not work for the tickets you have, please contact the theater’s box office directly):
Telecharge: 212-239-6210 or 800-543-4835 or online at telecharge.com
Ticketmaster: 877-250-2929 or Ticketmaster.com)
Disney on Broadway: 866-870-2717
Roundabout Theatre: 212-719-1300

 

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Broadway Shows All Canceled Saturday Due To #Blizzard2016

The shutdown of public transportation during the blizzard has caused the Broadway League to cancel all performances of Broadway shows for Saturday, January 23, 2016, both matinee and evening.

For details, check out my regularly updated “Broadway and the Blizzards of 2016”

Broadway and the Blizzard of 2014, Take 2

Times Square during Hercules snowstorm, January 3, 2014

Times Square during Hercules snowstorm, January 3, 2014

Update Wednesday 9:30 p.m.:

No shows were canceled during Janus snowstorm. Snow or no snow, this is a season of discounts:

Broadway Week, 2-for-1 tickets NOW through February 6
20 at 20, Off-Broadway tickets for $20, NOW through February 9

As I wrote during the blizzard scare earlier in January, dubbed Hercules: The two questions theatergoers want answered whenever a big snowstorm threatens are:

Will the shows be canceled?

Will there be a snow day discount?

Hercules was a bit of a disappointment, or a relief — depending on whether you’re a kid or a commuter. A total of 6.4″ fell in New York City (as measured in Central Park), not enough for any shows to be canceled — and only a few to offer snow day discounts.

Today, Tuesday, January 21, another storm threatens, Janus, in which the National Weather Service predicts as much as 8 to twelve inches of snow.

Times Square as of 2 p.m., January 21, 2014, snowing.  Photograph by Jonathan Mandell.

Times Square as of 2 p.m., January 21, 2014, snowing. Photograph by Jonathan Mandell.

Update 3:30 p.m.: As of now, all Broadway shows are going on tonight, according to the Broadway League. for refunds, check with your point of purchase.

Update 4:30 p.m.: Snow deals:

$20 tickets for Machinal or Dinner with Friends (show them a Metrocard); $40 for Bronx Bombers

And don’t forget: Both 20 at 20, and Broadway Week begin today, with huge discounts, with or without the snow.

Update 5 p.m.: More snow deals

$25 off to Chicago the Musical: Use the code: CHFL41119

Disaster Musical: $20.

Update 6 p.m.:

State of Emergency declared in Suffolk, Nassau, Richmond, Kings, Queens, New York, Bronx, Westchester and Rockland counties

NYC Office of Emergency Management: Use mass transportation whenever possible.

MTA: Customers should anticipate weather-related delays throughout city. Express service on subways will be curtailed following PM peak.

Cold and windy weather is expected to continue through the balance of the week.

Statue of George M. Cohan in Father Duffy Square in NYC theater district, January 21, 2014, 2:30 p.m. Photograph by Jonathan Mandell.

Statue of George M. Cohan in Father Duffy Square in NYC theater district, January 21, 2014, 2:30 p.m. Photograph by Jonathan Mandell.

Update Tuesday 11:55 p.m.

Update Wednesday noon: All matinee and evening shows are a go.

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.”