As New York City braces for Hurricane Irene, the show won’t go on for the Broadway community after all. After it was announced today that the city’s mass transit system will begin to suspend service Saturday at noon ET to give workers enough time to secure trains and other equipment, a weather alert on the Broadway League’s official site now says: “All Broadway performances in NYC on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th will be cancelled. If tickets were purchased via Telecharge or Ticketmaster via phone or online, your credit card will be refunded automatically within 7-10 business days. If tickets were purchased through any other sales channel, please return to the original point of purchase for more information.”
A lot of Off Broadway shows and productions like Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana at Radio City Music Hall have also cancelled performances on Saturday and Sunday. In fact, if you have tickets to any venue in the city (or on the East Coast) this weekend, call before you head out.
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment tells EW it has revoked filming permits that had been issued for New York City for Sunday, Aug. 28, due to Hurricane Irene. The six small productions that were scheduled to shoot this weekend had already voluntarily rearranged their schedules because of the weather. Cancelled concerts include Dave Matthews Band Caravan and B.B. King’s Rib Rock Festival.