Half of Broadway’s shows are to reschedule their performances next Sunday due to a clash with the Super Bowl American football game.
Of the 28 shows which will be running on Broadway at that point, 14 have cancelled performances on the February 2, eight have moved up their show times, three have no shows on Sunday and three are keeping their schedule as is. Among those sticking to their regular schedule are productions of The Glass Menagerie and Waiting for Godot.
Broadway is however getting in on the Super Bowl act in other ways. The musical Rock of Ages is set to perform at the NFL Tailgate Party, outside the site of the Super Bowl on February 2. In addition, 13 blocks of Broadway will be converted by the National Football League into “Super Bowl Boulevard” in the days leading up to the game, offering events which include live concerts.
Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said: “Broadway shows are rolling out the red carpet for visiting football fans to make it easy for them to see a show or two or three when in town.”
Although Broadway has previously closed down due to weather conditions, technical problems, such as city-wide blackouts or other circumstances beyond their control – such as the events of September 11, 2001 – this is thought to be the first time that the Great White Way has altered its schedule to accommodate a sporting event.