In the Heights Cast Members Host Sandy Benefit

It may have been nearly two years since they played their final performance on Broadway, but cast members of the hit Broadway musical In the Heights are re-gathering for a benefit to help some of their fellow cast members who were victims of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

Scheduled to be held at the Metropolitan Room on Monday, November 12 at 11:30pm, this special In the Heights benefit will be directed by Kat Sherrell and hosted by Doreen Montalvo.  Christopher Jackson, Joshua Henry, Gabrielle Ruiz, Luis Salgado, Arielle Jacobs, Daniel J. Watts, Antoine Raimone, Michael Fielder, Nancy Ticotin, and Elise Hernandez are all scheduled to perform.  Surprise guests are also expected to appear.

The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th avenues).  To make reservations for the In the Heights-hosted Sandy benefit, call 212-206-0440.

BC/EFA Gives $250,000 To Sandy Recovery

Broadway’s favorite charity, Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, has announced that it is donating $250,000 for Hurricane Sandy recovery, and it is doing so on behalf of the theatre community.  The money will come from BC/EFA’s annual fall fundraising efforts, in which Broadway, Off-Broadway, and touring shows ask for donations on behalf of the esteemed organization.  Broadway Cares is gifting these Sandy funds to three relief agencies that are working to immediately assist Hurricane Sandy victims:  American Red Cross, AmeriCares, and Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is also donating $100,000 to The Actors Fund, an organization that provides needy members of the arts community with disaster-related assistance such as emergency financial resources, temporary housing, and medical care.

Commenting on the Hurricane Sandy donations, Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS Executive Director Tom Viola said, “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS historically has moved quickly and responsibly, on behalf of the theatre community, in responding to assist those affected by extraordinary events and natural disasters.  We want to immediately do the same by reaching out to those both in the theatre family and local communities most affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

New Broadway Show Delays Due To Sandy

Hurricane Sandy didn’t only cause the cancellation of several Broadway performances early in the week, but it also caused delays for some of the new crop of shows coming to Broadway.

A Christmas Story the Musical was originally supposed to start preview performances on Monday, November 5, but the first preview is now being delayed to Wednesday, November 7.  Producer Gerald Goehring stated that, “Due to the storm, the company has lost important rehearsal time on stage. In order to assure that the company gets the necessary time that they need to rehearse at the Lunt-Fontanne, we have decided to reschedule our first performance.”  Ticket holders for the November 5 performance can exchange them for another performance at their point of purchase.

Dead Accounts, the new play starring Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz, was originally scheduled to begin preview performances this Saturday, November 3.  However, the show now won’t begin previews until Monday, November 5.  To provide some consolation for the original ticket holders to the November 3 performance, the producers of Dead Accounts are offering them a coupon for a free pint of Graeter’s ice cream, which can be redeemed at D’Agostino’s grocery stores.  The coupons can be picked up at the Music Box Theatre box office, where ticket holders of the November 3 performance can also see about exchanging their tickets for another performance date.

Broadway Shows Offer Post-Storm Ticket Specials

As of today, Thursday, November 1, all Broadway are back to performing as scheduled.  However, the fact is that New York City is still not quite back to normal yet, especially in terms of transportation, making it hard for many potential theatergoers to make it to Broadway theaters.  To entice audiences, some Broadway shows are making special post-Hurricane Sandy ticket discounts available.

CHAPLIN – The new musical Chaplin is offering a ‘Buy 1 Ticket, Get 1 Ticket Free’ special for Thursday and Friday performances.  The offer applies to all price levels, but it can only be obtained if you purchase tickets directly at the box office of the Barrymore Theatre, where Chaplin is playing.

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT – Even this hit Tony Award-winning musical comedy is offering a post-Sandy special.  $37 rush tickets are available for performances this Thursday and Friday to residents of areas that have been affected by the storm, which includes New York, New Jersey, Conecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.  Tickets can be purchased starting at 10am at the Imperial Theatre box office and a valid photo ID is required.  2 ticket limit.  Seats are subject to availability.

THE PERFORMERS – This new comedy’s “Sandy Special” means that ticket buyers can get tickets for the Thursday, November 1 performance for just $29.50 for the best available seats.  Must purchase directly at the Longacre Theatre box office.

It is possible that other Broadway shows are offering ticket specials as well, so it is worth visiting their official websites or theater box offices to see what ticket discounts might be available in the coming days.

The Broadway Shows Will (Mostly) Go On Wednesday, October 31 2012

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.”

Broadway Shows Canceled for Tuesday, October 30 2012

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.

Monday Shows Canceled As Broadway Braces for Hurricane Monday, October 29 2012

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.