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Broadway open for business after hurricane

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Most of Broadway is poised to resume performances on October 31, as New York City continues cleaning up after the massive damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy.

In a statement, Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, said: “Most shows will go on as scheduled for both the matinee and evening performances on Wednesday, October 31. For those theatregoers who are staying in hotels and can’t get home, it’s a great time to see a show. As always, the safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone’s primary concern, so for those who can’t get in to the city as a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities or additional safety precautions that were implemented, they should contact their point of purchase for questions about exchange or refund policies.”

Twenty Broadway shows are set to have performances on Wednesday, a two-show day for nine of them; while five other shows will remain dark. Two of those however, are set to resume on Thursday, November 1.

While most of the city’s bus lines will be back to normal by Wednesday, there is currently no timetable as to when the city’s massive subway system will be ready to resume service.

“Our transportation system has never faced a disaster as devastating Hurricane Sandy, which has caused an unparalleled level of damage,” said Mass Transit Authority chairman Joseph J. Lhota. “The challenge that we face now is one of assessment, inspection, repair, and restoration. This will not be a short process, but it will be one that puts safety as its major focus.”

Hurricane Sandy is being blamed for at least 18 deaths in the New York area. The exact monetary cost of the hurricane has yet to be determined.

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