Broadway looks to restart on Monday after Irene

August 28, 2011 - 5:20 PM
APTOPIX Irene

A man walks in Times Square as Hurricane Irene arrives in New York, on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway planned to reopen Monday after Tropical Storm Irene forced theaters to scrap a potentially lucrative late-summer weekend.

"As of now, Broadway performances will play on Monday as scheduled, unless government authorities request otherwise," said Elisa Shevitz, of the trade group The Broadway League.

When the threat of Irene prompted city officials to shutter the public transportation system, theater producers threw in the towel. Depending on the show, theaters lost revenue for up to four performances.

It was the first time Broadway has shut down for an emergency since a 2003 blackout.

While most Broadway shows traditionally run on a Tuesday-to-Sunday schedule, lately a number of shows have played Monday night, including "Chicago," ''Hair," ''Mamma Mia!," ''Rock of Ages," ''The Phantom of the Opera" and "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."