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BudFrump23
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joined:5/20/03
"The Show Must Go On!'
Posted: 1/21/14 at 05:35pm
With the snow piling up outside in New York City today, I was having a debate with a friend at work about the folks who determine whether or not to cancel a Broadway show due to inclement weather, or any other factors.

I understand that the Producers and all involve stand to lose money when a show isn't performed, but when should the safety of the performers, backstage crew, and theater employees be considered? Many stagehands that I know personally live in Westchester, Jersey, or Long Island and drive to work. On a day such as today, with weather pretty crappy out and the snow supposedly not subsiding until the wee hours of the morning, why do a select few (Broadway League, Producers) get to decide when a show is canceled? Will they be at a theater that night? Chances are, they'll be at their own homes staying in from the storm.

Yes, the audiences will come. But with MTA and officials telling citizens that if one doesn't need to travel, one shouldn't (sorry, Broadway isn't a life or death experience, ya'll - you don't NEED to see the show tonight!) - why are they allowed to still perform?

I'm just interested to get some differing opinions on this issue. I'm not sure that I'm for or against shutting down Broadway during a snowstorm - but I do have to consider the commutes of the thousands of employees who have to get to the theater, perform, and then get home afterwards.
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theatreguy
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joined:7/31/03
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Posted: 1/21/14 at 05:48pm
Restaurants, bars, hotels, movie theaters, stores and many other places are staying open. Why shouldn't theaters? They may need to cover for a few employees who can't make it in, and maybe some people will stay with friends tonight, but that's how it goes when you live somewhere that gets the occasional snow storm.
mc1227
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Posted: 1/21/14 at 06:27pm
I agree, theater and show employees who live outside the city have plenty of places to crash if they can't get home. With thousands of tourists and workers who stay in hotels, restaurants and theaters do a pretty good business in a storm. A few shows who are not sold out are offering big discounts for their tix today and tomorrow.
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Marianne2
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Posted: 1/21/14 at 06:42pm
I think the fact that the shows are in Manhattan also is a reason they wouldn't shut down, unless the entire city did like with Hurricane Sandy. I've been there a couple of times during snow storms. Maybe the roads to drive on weren't the best, depending on the time and what was going on. But, the subways were fine.
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AEA AGMA SM
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Posted: 1/21/14 at 07:10pm
Broadway will pretty much only shut down when a state of emergency is declared and ALL non-essential travel is restricted and/or outright banned.
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disneybroadwayfan22
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joined:2/10/13
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Posted: 1/21/14 at 11:03pm
According to my parents, an state of emergency has been declared
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

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stevenycguy
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joined:12/7/05
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Posted: 1/21/14 at 11:09pm
As long as the subways are running, the shows will go on. Along 42nd St tonight, the sidewalks were plowed extremely well and walking around was no problem at all (except for the cold winds). According to telecharge, many shows gave ticket buyers the option to exchange to another date, so those from places like Long Island and NJ would be accommodated. By tomorrow morning, you won't even know there was a snowstorm in Manhattan. The hardest part will be putting on your boots and walking to the subway station.
LizzieCurry
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Posted: 1/21/14 at 11:11pm
According to my parents, an state of emergency has been declared

Please provide a link to your parents.
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Liza's Headband
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Posted: 1/21/14 at 11:19pm
Lizzie for the win.
jnb9872
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 12:00am
LOL yup. This storm has been won by Lizzie.
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disneybroadwayfan22
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 07:42am
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

Met Idina Menzel & Sierra Boggess (November 2013)
Liza's Headband
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 09:08am
Gov. Cuomo is your daddy?
Patash
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joined:5/27/08
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 09:21am
I'm always astounded at the lack of reading comprehension by so many posters:

"According to my parents, a state of emergency has been declared."
"Please provide a link to your parents."
or
"Gov. Cuomo is your daddy?


What on earth does the fact that someone reports their parents told them about a state of emergency have to do with thinking that means that it was those parents who declared the state of emergency?

That's like saying "My parents told me a plane crashed in the ocean last night." "Really, why did your parents crash the plane?"
LizzieCurry
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joined:3/7/05
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 09:22am
LOL. That is NOT what I meant AT ALL.
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dramamama611
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joined:12/4/07
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 09:34am
Sorry, Patash, you are the one that didn't get it.
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Liza's Headband
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 06:21pm
Yeah... You definitely missed that one (not to sound like a broken record or anything).
Kalimba
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 06:28pm
Guess Patash needs SARCASM spelled out for him/her.
ljay889
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 07:07pm
Omg, it's Kalimba!
#sadandtransparent
Liza's Headband
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 09:16pm
Omg, it's LJAY! (I demand that you stop disappearing from the Board!)
ljay889
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Posted: 1/22/14 at 11:30pm
Liza <3<3 I'll try!
#sadandtransparent