Irene forces Disney to cancel Broadway shows
August 26th, 2011
03:25 PM ET

Irene forces Disney to cancel Broadway shows

As movie theaters up and down the East Coast brace for the possible financial impact of Hurricane Irene, Broadway is also feeling it.

According to a press release from Disney Theatrical productions, "all performances of  'The Lion King'  at the Minskoff Theatre and 'Mary Poppins' at the New Amsterdam Theatre  Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th are cancelled due to Hurricane Irene."

On Friday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference that officials will consider evacuating low-lying areas such as  Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens;  some areas in Staten Island; and Battery Park City in Manhattan

Disney Theatrical Productions said they made the decision to cancel the performances "in the interest of its patrons’ and staff’s safety following the announcement of the impending suspension of MTA and Metro North service.

Tickets  will be refunded at the original point of purchase.

Update 5:00 p.m.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clearview Cinemas will be  shutting all of its 57 theaters on Saturday and Sunday because of the hurricane. The theaters are located from Philadelphia to New York City.

“Out of concern for the safety of our guests and staff, all Clearview Cinemas will be closed on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th," said a statement from the company. "We plan to reopen on Monday August 29th. Wishing you and your family a very safe weekend."

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  1. new york broadway shows

    you need help

    September 5, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marie

    The Show Must Go On... but not today... Lion King...take a break.

    August 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 251bamafan

    Been through a lot of hurricanes. What happened in N.O LA. was that the levy broke. The actual storm hit Mississippi the hardest. Irene isn't even a major storm. just relax,play cards,board games. Crank up the generators,plug in the fans or small window units(a.c.) This is more media hype then is needed, tell us more about where Oblama is hiding, maybe with Qudaffi?

    August 27, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Alletis

      Why do you have to bring The President into it? There have already been 4 deaths in VA so there is obviously something to it.

      August 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jneu

    Newsflash: broadway in general has cancelled their shows for this weekend, not just disney shows.

    August 27, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
    • OvernOut

      Thank you, I don't know why Disney shows were singled out. This article certainly read like a Disney ad.

      August 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sunshine

    To all of you on the East coast stay safe but when they tell you to leave (mandatory or not) GET THE F OUT!

    August 27, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. onlysayin

    just b safe all

    August 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. onlysayin

    Better safe than sorry can u say " KATRINA" ....onlysayin............................

    August 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • VR

      New Orleans survived Katrina. It was the Army Corps of Engineers that killed the city with it's shoddy, low bid workmanship on the levees dear.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • VR

      Of course, Katrina did kill the rest of the Gulf Coast from LA to Florida.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. May the sun smile upon you

    Keeping those in the path of the hurricane in prayers tonight.

    August 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Hawk

      "Dear Lord... please save us from the horrible hurricane that you sent..."

      August 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Aristide

    Ok as far as hurricanes go i never really care unless they do some real damage BUT IRENE NOW YOU"VE TAKEN THINGS TO FAR!!!

    August 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kitts

    you all need help

    August 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kitts

    yall are dumb

    August 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anidea

      How about you stand outside all night and let us know how you make out "riding out the storm". Just an idea. You say we are dumb...We would be dumb to not take precaution. If it were you being hit by a hurricane you would be the first one in line for a free handout and help while yelling that no one was doing enough!

      August 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • heliocracy

      99% of the time hurricanes are just heavy thunderstorms. I lived through three direct hits in a single year; it just rained a lot and was a bit windy. Not a big deal.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tracie

    I want to see Irene take a dump.

    August 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. haha

    Nothing but 1st

    August 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |

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