Hurricane Sandy has taken a toll on the eastern part of the United States. Flooding and high winds have resulted in much damage, and as of this writing, it is far from over. In the entertainment world, Sandy has also been costly, the effects spreading from the Broadway hub of New York City as far west as Pittsburgh.
In New York, the iconic Broadway shut down, the lights going dark on all productions including The Jersey Boys. All forty theaters will remain closed through Tuesday night as well, affecting such popular shows as The Book of Mormon and Mama Mia! The costly shut down was the second in two years, with Broadway having had to close down for Hurricane Irene in 2011.
Movie and TV productions have also been affected by Sandy's wrath. The city of New York revoked all filming permits for Monday and Tuesday, resulting in the shutdown of multiple TV shows, including Elementary and Person of Interest, as well as the theatrical films Winter's Tale and Noah, both of which star Russell Crowe.
Several talk shows also had to cease filming. However, The Late Show with David Letterman actually filmed its show Monday night without an audience. Guest Denzel Washington even made it to a taping. Watch a clip of Letterman's show with Washington here:
In the musical world, singer Alfie Boe had to cancel his Tuesday night concert in Pittsburgh because of the weather. Boe is in Toronto for an appearance on the 29th and was to close out his US tour with a performance at the Byham Theater on Tuesday. Manager Neil Ferris released a statement that said in part, "... the current weather conditions make it far too dangerous for his tour bus to travel down from Toronto, where he is playing tonight. We are so sorry to bring this news but we don't want fans to take any weather related risks either."
Boe himself tweeted, "Absolutely gutted about the show tomorrow." He added about the tour in general, "I would like to thank all of you for your amazing support on my US tour. Overwhelmed! A xx"
The singer, whose Storyteller CD featuring songs such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, If I Can Dream, It's Over, and Wayfaring Stranger is due to be released on November 12 in the UK and on November 20 in America, will be back in America in December to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for their annual Christmas concert. He returns for another music tour in early 2013 when he hopes to finally sing at the Byham.
Watch Alfie Boe singing Wayfaring Stranger in Dallas, Texas earlier in October.