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Broadway Bludgeoned by Blizzard: All Shows Closed Today (Jan. 23)

Broadway. like the rest of the city, is knee deep in snow, forcing the cancellation of all shows today (Jan. 23).  (Photo: Facebook)

Broadway. like the rest of the city, is knee deep in snow, forcing the cancellation of all shows today (Jan. 23). (Photo: Facebook)

Broadway has been brought to its knees by the Great Blizzard of 2016. The street’s leading trade group announced today (Jan. 23) that all Saturday matinees and evening performances have been cancelled because of the snow. The only question is why did it take so long?

The storm started piling up snow yesterday afternoon, but it took New York City’s suspension of all public transportation to convince the street to cancel shows.

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“Now that the snowstorm has arrived, I’d like to reiterate that the safety and security of theatergoers and employees is everyone’s primary concern,” said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin.

Normal operations are expected to resume for Sunday (Jan. 24) matinees, she added.

The city set things in motion when it announced an “orderly shut down” of subway and bus service starting at noon. All trains will stop running by 4 pm.

Related: Broadway Going Dark During Super Storm Sunday, Monday

New York City and Long Island roads were also closed, effective at 2:30 pm.

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The storm has already dumped more than 10 inches of snow on the city and more is expected. A blizzard warning remains in effect until 7 am Sunday. Whether that gives the city enough time to dig out remains to be seen.

The National Weather Service is calling for heavy snowfall, high winds and extensive blowing and drifting of snow. Visibility at times could approach zero.

Secondary roads could become impassable during the storm, the Weather Service warned.

Ticket holders should check with their point of purchase for refunds and exchanges, according to the League. for updates check the organization’s Web site.

Broadway was last forced to close during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.


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