Deadly terrorist attacks also shut down show business
SHOCKWAVE Like so much else yesterday, show business ground to a halt in the wake of the terrorist hijackings that destroyed the World Trade Center complex in New York and smashed the Pentagon outside Washington, killing untold thousands of people. Movie and TV production in Los Angeles halted, entertainment conglomerate corporate headquarters throughout Manhattan were evacuated, and stars and executives were stranded by the grounding of all U.S. air traffic.
Last night’s live broadcast of the Latin Grammy awards from Los Angeles was canceled, with rescheduling unlikely. This Sunday’s Emmy Awards broadcast has been postponed indefinitely, though the following Sunday has been named as a possible postponement date.
Live events throughout North America were shut down. Madonna‘s concert in Los Angeles was postponed, as was Garth Brooks‘s Nashville press conference to discuss his first album in four years. The Black Crowes also canceled a concert. Major League Baseball canceled all 15 of yesterday’s scheduled games. The World Wrstling Federation postponed Tuesday’s ”Smackdown!” and tentatively rescheduled it for Friday.
At the Toronto Film Festival, where 58 movies were to screen yesterday, all screenings were canceled, as were all celebrity interviews and press conferences, and the many stars attending the festival were grounded there indefinitely.
The Great White Way went dark for the indefinite future, as all Broadway performances scheduled for last night and this afternoon were canceled. Opera and classical performances last night at Lincoln Center, further uptown, were also shuttered. The 41 remaining fall fashion shows scheduled for this week in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan were canceled, and their tents became temporary shelters for victims.
Disney shut down Disneyland in California, Walt Disney World in Florida, and all other theme parks affiliated with them. Universal closed its theme parks as well. Disney’s theme parks in Paris and Tokyo remain open.