Due to the fact that ticket buying patterns tend to change significantly over holidays, most Broadway shows are altering their schedules accordingly this week. The biggest changes are on Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving Day itself, when the majority of Broadway shows are canceling performances entirely. Notable exceptions are Chicago, A Christmas Story, and The Phantom of the Opera, which are still planning to hold shows that day.
Almost as significant are the changes made to Broadway show schedules on Friday, November 23. To make up for the lost Thanksgiving Day performances, and to account for the fact that many families are looking for entertainment on that Friday, most Broadway musicals and plays have added matinee performances in addition to their usual Friday evening performances.
There are a few other scattered performance additions and cancellations from now through Sunday. To see the complete Broadway performance schedule for this week, visit the Broadway League’s schedule page here.
New York City continues to assess storm damage in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and subways may not be operational for a few days yet, but Broadway is returning on Wednesday, October 31.
Not every Broadway show will be playing (Disney’s The Lion King and Mary Poppins are notable exceptions), but the majority will be resuming performances for the first time since the weekend. For a complete list of which Broadway shows will go on October 31, click here. (Note that some Broadway shows are canceling their matinee performances but still doing evening shows.)
Transportation difficulties into and within New York City might still make it impossible for some Broadway ticket holders to attend their shows, so they should contact their point of purchase to find out about ticket refund and exchange possibilities. But despite transit woes for many, the Broadway League’s Charlotte St. Martin noted that “For those theatregoers who are staying in hotels and can’t get home, it’s a great time to see a show.”
As “storm of the century” Sandy winds down, Broadway is canceling performances for the third night in a row. All performances of Broadway shows scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 will be canceled, according to the Broadway League.
The League’s Charlotte St. Martin said, “As a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities and other safety precautions implemented on behalf of Hurricane Sandy, evening performances will be cancelled tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 30th. We expect normal operations to resume Wednesday morning.”
As with the Sunday and Monday cancellations, ticket refunds will automatically be issued to people who purchased them with a credit card via Ticketmaster or Telecharge. Those who purchased their Broadway tickets directly at the box office will need to return them to the box office for a refund or ticket exchange.
Sunday night shows on Broadway were canceled as New York City begin preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, and now all Monday performances at Broadway theaters will also be canceled.
The Broadway League’s Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin released a statement saying that, “The safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone’s primary concern. As a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, evening performances will be cancelled tonight, Sunday, October 28th, and Monday evening, October 29th.”
Broadway ticket holders can rest assured that, if they purchased their tickets through Telecharge or Ticketmaster (which handle the ticketing for most Broadway shows) either online or by phone using a credit card, the payment will be automatically refunded back to their card within 10 business days. Anyone who purchased their tickets directly at the theater box office will need to return their tickets to the box office for a refund or to exchange the tickets for a future date.
For any further information about the weather cancellation or about receiving Broadway ticket refunds, click here.