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.
Buses: All local buses in operation have been outfitted with tire chains for traction. Several routes are operating with weather related delays and service changes.
Paratransit: Customers may experience additional travel and wait times. Due to snowfall amounts and forecasted cold temperatures, customers may want to reconsider travel, unless medically necessary.
NJ TRANSIT operations, customer service and police personnel continue to take steps toward minimizing delays and ensuring service reliability and safety in light of the impending winter storm. All customers are strongly advised to check njtransit.com before traveling for up-to-the-minute service information before starting their trip
Systemwide Cross-Honoring Extended Through Friday, January 3: To give customers additional travel options during the expected winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will extend full systemwide cross-honoring through Friday, January 3, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode-rail, light rail or bus-including private bus carriers.
For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass or ticket on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station. Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the Atlantic City Rail Line instead at no additional charge. Customers using their tickets or passes to travel to a destination other than the destination printed on their original ticket will be subject to the appropriate additional fare if applicable.
Waiting Room Hours Extended Through Monday, January 6: Due to the impending heavy snow and subzero wind chills, all NJ TRANSIT rail station buildings and waiting rooms will remain open, including evenings and overnight, through Monday, January 6.
Service Adjustments Possible: NJ TRANSIT will continue to closely monitor the crowds at New York Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal and make adjustments to service as necessary. Depending on the impact of the storm, it may be necessary for NJ TRANSIT to modify service as conditions change. Updates will continue to be provided through broadcast news and traffic reports, as well as through NJ TRANSIT's website and social media channels.
Consider Alternative Travel Plans: NJ TRANSIT reminds customers to afford themselves ample time to get to their final destinations, and to utilize good judgment in their travels. Service delays are possible. Visit njtransit.com for further travel information.
BroadwayWorld will continue to bring you the latest on show cancellations throughout the city.
Photo courtesy of The Weather Channel.