Broadway theaters keep lights on despite impending blizzard making a snowy mess of New York

Associated Press

Broadway theaters are keeping their doors open — at least for now — as a blizzard bears down on Times Square.

The Broadway League says all shows are scheduled to go on Monday, a traditionally quiet night with only a few shows available. No firm decision about Tuesday has been made.

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A blizzard warning has been issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York. The city's mayor has warned of "a storm the likes of which we have never seen before."

The producers of "Chicago" have offered to provide hotel rooms near their theater for company members unable to get home Monday after the show or get back into the city for Tuesday's performance.

The last time Broadway took a big hit from the weather it was Hurricane Sandy in 2012. That storm darkened Broadway for four days and cost more than $8.5 million in lost revenue.

Other venues weren't taking their chances. The famed Birdland Jazz Club canceled all Monday shows and two open rehearsals by the New York Philharmonic were scrapped for Wednesday.

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