Broadway shows only slightly impacted following Times Square bomb scare; will run as scheduled today
Several Broadway shows were only slightly impacted following the bomb scare in New York City’s Times Square Saturday night. According to Broadway publicity agency Boneau/Bryan-Brown — which reps many shows on the Great White Way — Lend Me a Tenor, Red, and A Behanding in Spokane all began 30 minutes late because of the police investigation in the area. (Tenor, Red, and Spokane audiences were all instructed to exit through different doors after the performance in order to avoid the area where the scare took place.) Those who attended God of Carnage‘s show last night were held for 15 minutes following the performance, and were instructed to exit through the theatre’s stage door alley. (Carnage‘s theatre, the Bernard Jacobs Theatre, is located of 45th St., just down the block from where the car was parked.) Everyday Rapture, Fences, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Little Night Music, Next Fall, Million Dollar Quartet, Jersey Boys, and Mama Mia! were not impacted by the scare, while La Cage Aux Folles and Collected Stories began only a few minutes late. Those who could not get into the shows listed above because of police activity can contact their point of purchase for exchanges or refunds. All shows listed above will run on schedule today.
According to a rep from Disney on Broadway, The Lion King — which is hosted in the Minskoff Theatre, the venue closest to the incident — was not canceled last night, as some outlets had reported. (Rather, it was only slightly delayed.) The show, as well as Mary Poppins, will go on as scheduled today. Disney on Broadway is also offering refunds and/or exchanges for theatergoers who were unable to gain access into the area to attend either performance last night.
Also, the Theatre Development Fund confirms their TKTS box office opened on time this morning, and remained open last night until closing at 8 p.m.
UPDATE: The Broadway League confirms there were no evacuations last night on the Great White Way, and that all shows will run as scheduled today. The league issued the following statement: “The proper authorities are doing their jobs to keep Times Square safe for everyone, and Broadway shows are setting their stages to delight audiences.” Also, The Addams Family, Memphis, Come Fly Away, and Billy Elliot all began 20-25 minutes late, while Hair was not affected. The St. Jimmy Bar, however, was not opened following last night’s American Idiot performance.