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by NYC Editor, 10/14/2008

 
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City Offers Multitude of Cultural and Entertainment Options During Broadway Strike

Eight Broadway Shows Continue to Offer Performances; Tourists Can Obtain Refunds for Shows Affected by Strike

New York, NY (November 20, 2007) NYC & Company, the marketing and tourism organization for the City of New York, is informing tourists that eight Broadway shows are running as scheduled during the stagehands’ strike. As for the 27 affected theaters, the League of American Theatres announced November 18 that as the strike continues, refunds will be made available.

“New York City has diverse cultural options throughout the five boroughs, and we are doing everything we can to help visitors who need to change their plans on account of the strike,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “Visitors can go to nycgo.com for periodic updates about theater, along with information on music and dance performances, museum exhibitions and other attractions here in the City.”

For those looking for alternative theater options, the Theatre Development Fund’s TKTS booths in Times Square and at the South Street Seaport are still open and operating. Both are selling discount tickets for the Broadway shows that are unaffected by the strike as well as for off-Broadway and dance productions. In addition, a special weeklong dining program, Dining in the District, has been launched at more than 25 participating restaurants in the Theatre District area. The program offers a 15% discount on lunch or dinner to patrons. A listing of participating restaurants can be found on nycgo.com.

Detailed information about canceled shows and refunds/exchanges can be found at ilovenytheater.com. In many cases, if tickets were purchased via credit card, the cost will automatically be refunded.

Other sources of information include the trip advisors at the City’s Official Visitor Information Center, located at 810 Seventh Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets. The City also operates visitor kiosks centers in Harlem (253 West 125th Street), the Financial District (26 Wall Street), City Hall Park (Broadway sidewalk at Park Row) and Chinatown (at the intersection of Canal, Walker and Baxter Streets).

Regular updates on events across the five boroughs are also being provided online at the City’s official website, nyc.gov, on NYC & Company’s website, nycgo.com, and through 311, which can be accessed outside the five boroughs by calling 212-NEW-YORK.

The following is the Thanksgiving holiday week (November 20–25) performance schedule for the eight Broadway shows that will be offering performances.

Cymbeline at the Vivian Beaumont Theater
Tuesday, November 20, at 8pm
Wednesday, November 21, at 2 and 8pm
Friday, November 23, at 8pm
Saturday, November 24, at 2 and 8pm
Sunday, November 25, at 3pm

Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre
Tuesday at 8pm
Wednesday at 2 and 8pm
Friday at 2 and 8pm
Saturday at 2 and 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre
Tuesday at 8pm
Wednesday at 2 and 8pm
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2 and 8pm
Sunday at 2pm
(Mauritius will end its extended engagement November 25 as scheduled.)

Pygmalion at the American Airlines Theatre
Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday at 2 and 7pm
Friday at 7pm
Saturday at 2 and 8pm
Sunday at 2pm

The Ritz at Studio 54
Tuesday at 8pm
Wednesday at 2 and 8pm
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2 and 8pm
Sunday at 2pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Circle in the Square Theatre
Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday at 2pm
Friday at 2 and 8
Saturday at 2 and 8pm
Sunday at 3 and 7:30

Xanadu at the Helen Hayes Theatre
Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday at 2 and 8pm
Friday at 2pm
Saturday at 2 and 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Young Frankenstein at the Hilton Theatre
Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday at 2 and 8pm
Friday at 2 and 8pm
Saturday at 2 and 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

These Broadway shows are currently affected by the strike:

August: Osage County at the Imperial Theatre
Avenue Q at the Golden Theatre
A Bronx Tale at the Walter Kerr Theatre
Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre
A Chorus Line at the Schoenfeld Theatre
The Color Purple at the Broadway Theatre
Curtains at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Cyrano de Bergerac at the Richard Rodgers Theatre
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the St. James Theatre
The Drowsy Chaperone at the Marquis Theatre
Duran Duran at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre
The Farnsworth Invention at the Music Box Theatre
Grease at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Hairspray at the Neil Simon Theatre
Is He Dead? at the Lyceum Theatre
Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre
Legally Blonde at the Palace Theatre
Les Misérables at the Broadhurst Theatre
The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre
The Little Mermaid at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden Theatre
Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Shubert Theatre
The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre
Rent at the Nederlander Theatre
Rock ’n’ Roll at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
The Seafarer at the Booth Theatre
Spring Awakening at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre
Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre

Also running: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and Wintuk at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theatre.

About NYC & Company
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide.

Contacts
Kimberly Spell
NYC & Company
tel 212 484 1270
kspell@nycgo.com

Chris Heywood
NYC & Company
tel 212 484 5458
cheywood@nycgo.com