Broadway Snow Day UPDATE: All Shows on for Today!
Winter Storm Hercules is continuing to wreak havoc in the Northeast, with a Winter Storm Warning in effect through today at 1PM, but that doesn't mean that Broadway will be affected by the extreme weather.The Broadway League has given the all-clear for today's performances on the Great White Way in New York City.
The Broadway League just issued the following statement: "Weather Alert: All Broadway shows will play as scheduled today, Friday January 3rd. Please continue to check back for updates. For information about returns and exchanges, please contact your point of purchase."
Today's Broadway Matinee Performances: AFTER MIDNIGHT, BEAUTIFUL, FIRST DATE, NEWSIES, and SPIDER-MAN.
Today's Broadway Evening Performances: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin, AFTER MIDNIGHT, ANNIE, BEAUTIFUL, BETRAYAL, 700 SUNDAYS, CHICAGO, CINDERELLA, FIRST DATE, JERSEY BOYS, KINKY BOOTS, MACBETH, MAMMA MIA!, MATILDA, MOTOWN, NO MAN'S LAND, NEWSIES, ONCE, PIPPIN, ROCK OF AGES, SPIDER-MAN, THE BOOK OF MORMON, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE LION KING, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TWELFTH NIGHT, and WICKED.
In light of the storm, several shows are also offering winter storm ticket specials. BWW is keeping track of the details HERE.
A Winter Storm Warning for New York, NY until 1:00 PM EST, Fri., Jan 03, 2014. Other affected areas: Western Passaic, NJ; Eastern Passaic, NJ; Hudson, NJ; Western Bergen, NJ; Eastern Bergen, NJ; Western Essex, NJ; Eastern Essex, NJ; Western Union, NJ; Eastern Union, NJ; Southern Westchester, NY; New York (Manhattan), NY; Bronx, NY; Richmond (Staten Is.), NY; Kings (Brooklyn), NY; Northern Queens, NY; Southern Queens, NY
Winter Storm Hercules will continue to impact the Northeast coast with snow and strong winds on Friday morning. Blizzard warnings continue for Long Island, the south shore of Massachusetts and Cape Cod through late this morning.
As the area of low pressure associated with Hercules shifts eastward, snow will gradually taper off along the Northeast I-95 corridor through the morning hours. By the middle of the afternoon, the snow should be completely gone from the Northeast, though Gusty Winds and bitter cold temperatures will remain.
As a result of the blowing snow and very low temperatures, road-clearing efforts will be very difficult. Road salt and chemicals lose much of their effectiveness when temperatures drop into the single digits or lower.
In addition to the snow threat, there should be some coastal flooding at high tide for the east coast of New England due to strong onshore winds into Friday. Beach erosion and flooding of vulnerable coastal roads can be anticipated along with freezing spray from breaking waves.
Hercules has dumped over 20 inches of snow on parts of northeast Massachusetts. Boston has recorded more than a foot of snow and New York City has seen more than 5 inches. Parts of the Philadelphia area have seen a half foot of snow from the storm.
Over the last couple of days, the storm has also laid down a swath of snow in parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes, including the Chicagoland area where a foot or more of snow was measured in some locations.
Some regular weekday service across the MTA regional transportation network will be reduced due to the impacts of the winter storm affecting the greater metropolitan area. MTA Long Island Rail Road is operating on a Weekend schedule today, Friday January 3rd while MTA Metro-North Railroad is operating on a Saturday schedule. There will be very limited NYC Transit express subway service with most lines operating local only during the morning rush hour as trains stored overnight on underground express tracks are moved and put back in regular service.
In addition, service can be curtailed or suspended on an individual line or route basis depending on local snowfall amounts. Customers are urged to be careful boarding buses and trains, allow extra time if traveling and to monitor Service Status on this page for the latest updates.
New York City Transit
Subways: To protect trains from the snow, subway cars were stored underground on express tracks overnight. As a result there are service changes on several subway lines affecting express service.