This blog cancelled on account of a hurricane?

This week I’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of my arrival in NYC.

In those twenty years, Broadway has only failed to get its curtains up twice before:  the first on 9/11, and the second during the Blackout of ’03.

But this weekend, in walked a little trollop named Irene who rained-on-us and left-us with a weekend of canceled shows and lost revenues to make it thrice.

I’d estimate that about $8-10 million bucks got refunded this weekend, and that’s just on Broadway alone.  What about the Off-Broadway shows and all the other live entertainment options that went dark thanks to that little tart with the same name as a 1919 musical?

Most Broadway contracts have “force majeure” clauses, which release parties from financial and other obligations in the event of an “act of God”, which will give Producers some relief from their responsibilities.  And I’d bet that the phone lines at Broadway’s insurance agencies will be busy tomorrow as Producers try to get some of that $8-10 million back.

Maybe it’s the ol’ cliche about the show having to go on that gets me a little down the few times it my lifetime that it hasn”t.  But at the same time, it’s good to be reminded that there are things more important than entertainment . . .  and the safety and well-being of the people that provide that entertainment and the people that consume the entertainment should always come first.

Because they are worth a heck of a lot more than $8-10 million bucks.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the millions that were hit much harder than Broadway this past weekend.  I’ll be making a donation to the Red Cross to help with the recovery.  If you are in a position to do so, I hope you’ll join me.

 

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  • The last two days of the New York International Fringe Festival were cancelled due to the hurricane as well. A real bummer all around. =/ Hope everyone’s staying dry and safe out there.

  • Xdancer says:

    er, trollup sure is cute, but it’s spelled TROLLOP.

  • Laura Manske says:

    happy Happy HAPPY Anniversary, Ken!
    Wow…20 years!
    The theater world wouldn’t be the same without you!
    ~ Laura

  • Bryan David says:

    Dear Thespians:
    My wife has mentioned that on occasion; I have a dark & somewhat twisted sense of humor when it comes to musicals “Little Shop of Horrors”-“The Rocky Horror Show”-“Sweeney Todd” & “Whitechapel” © The Life & Times of ‘Jack The Ripper’ A Musical Love Story! ™ come to mind! So when it comes to a little rain, “Don’t Rain On My Parade” & “It’s Raining Men” pop into my twisted mind. Since I wrote the Book & Lyrics to “Whitechapel” © The Life & Times of ‘Jack The Ripper’ A Musical Love Story! ™ Perhaps some/most/all of you (as well as Mr. Davenport’s team) might give it a listen & see if you just might agree…
    http://www.myspace.com/jacktheripperwhitechapel1888

  • Adam says:

    Is the stop clause also waived for this? I can just see a certain person I know rubbing his hands with glee.

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