Blizzard 2016: Winter storm cancels Broadway shows in NYC
The Broadway League announced that all Broadway shows in New York City are canceled Saturday due to the snowstorm hitting the East Coast.
The group's statement reads, "As a result of the ban on travel in New York and suspension of public transportation by government authorities and additional safety precautions implemented due to severe weather, all Broadway matinee and evening performances on Saturday, January 23rd, will be canceled."
"Now that the snowstorm has arrived, I'd like to reiterate that the safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone's primary concern," Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said. "We expect normal operations to resume for tomorrow's Sunday matinees."
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of Broadway's Hamilton, apologized to those "who braved the elements" and posted a musical freestyle on #Snowmaggedon2016. Further updates on Broadway shows will be posted to the Broadway League's website.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the city and surrounding areas on Saturday. "We are doing everything possible to keep the roads and mass transit operational, but unless there is an emergency people should not be traveling," he said in a statement. "We are responding aggressively as the storm develops and working hand-in-hand with our local partners to keep communities safe."
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