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Broadway shows scrapped as storm rolls in

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Aug 26, 2011 | 2:15pm EDT

Disney Theatrical Productions bosses scrapped weekend performances of musicals The Lion King and Mary Poppins early on Friday (26Aug11) after city Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of several hospital and nursing home facilities - amounting to 270,000 people, and now concerned officials at the Nederlander Organization have followed suit.

They announced the cancellation of all their Broadway shows via Twitter.com.

That means performances of The Addams Family, Wicked, Follies, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Catch Me if You Can will not be staged.

Hurricane conditions are expected to hit the city late on Saturday (27Aug11) and continue through Sunday (28Aug11) and all public transportation will be shut down in and out of the Big Apple from midday on Saturday.

The Dave Matthews Band have postponed their Caravan Music Festival in New York and the Actors Fund's special benefit performance of The Book of Mormon is to be rescheduled.

The Big Apple Performing Arts Street Festival has also been postponed and The Metropolitan Opera's outdoor opera film festival at Lincoln Center Plaza will now take place on Monday (29Aug11) - after the storm has passed.

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