Broadway took the threat of the mammoth storm seriously, with theater owners cancelling all Sunday evening and Monday performances of shows like The Book of Mormon, Once and Mama Mia! long before a drop of rain fell in New York's Times Square.
"The safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone's primary concern," said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, which represents producers.
TV on reruns
Several shows taped in New York, including Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, have announced they will not produce a Monday show. In addition, CBS and the CW are making plans to air reruns, instead of their usual primetime fare, because of the storm.
Forecasts called for rain late Sunday and early Monday, and subway and public transportation service was halted Sunday evening, potentially stranding theatergoers. Refunds will be made available from the point of purchase.
Off-Broadway shows including Stomp, Bad Jews, Disgraced and Golden Child were also cancelled Sunday night. Most matinees on and off Broadway stayed open. Mondays are usually very light on Broadway, with most shows having that as their day off.
Carnegie Hall cancelled two concerts scheduled for Sunday night and rescheduled a Monday concert by Rent and Wicked star Idina Menzel, which will now take place Nov. 4.
Some Broadway shows had no evening shows scheduled Sunday, including Cyrano de Bergerac, Annie, Chaplin, Enemy of the People, Once, Jersey Boys and Nice Work If You Can Get It.
It was the most disruptive storm for the theatre community since the threat of Hurricane Irene in late August 2011 prompted producers to cancel matinee and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday. While that hurricane mostly fizzled over New York, every show lost money because they were mostly limited to five or six performances that week.