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On Broadway, Curtain Won't Rise For New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The show will NOT go on -- at least not on New Year's Eve. Fearing an unprecedented tide of humanity on Dec. 31 as the year 2000 approaches in Times Square, the traditional New York City venue to usher in the new year, police have asked producers of Broadway shows to cancel performances for the night.

Tide of humanity or Y2K?

-- Diane (, July 08, 1999


oh darn and i had just finished up with a little "extracurricular activity" so i could plop down $800.00 to see the lion king. oh well, guess i'll use the money to buy some more rice and some special lacy things.

thanks for the news di.

-- corrine l (, July 08, 1999.

Corrine 1,

Your replies are a hoot! Don't let the cries of troll make you stop.


-- lurker (, July 08, 1999.

NPR reported this morning that Mayor Rudy has overridden that police directive, allowing the theatres to stay open. I suspect that Hizzonner got some heat from theatre owners and producers, who stood to lose some serious money if they had to "go dark" on Y2K Eve. Police can't PROVE that anything bad is going to happen, so the forces of commerce win out. They're said to be looking at "alternative methods of crowd control", including limiting the number of people allowed into the Times Square area.

Reminiscent of "Jaws": the scenes between the mayor of Amity and Chief Brody...

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), July 08, 1999.

What a relief!! I was afraid that 1,500 revelers would be deprived of their last chance to see "The Lion King" one last time before spilling out onto the streets of Broadway into the vast unknown.

"Someday Simba, all of this will be yours. Everything the light touches."

"What about that shadowy place?"

"That is off limits. You are not to go there."

-- seen the movie 345 times but want to see (it on bro@d.way), July 08, 1999.

Get real - they expect 2-3 unruly, uncontrolled, uncivilized millions in the streets - all dying to "party like there will be no tommorrow" - maybe literally , and the police are trying to show down the Broadway shows?

These shows will at least have people indoors, wearing clothes and behaving themselves, stiing in teir seats quietly, acting like people who can afford those high-priced tickets, and who are paying to get entertained by a very influential group of people in NYC.

Just who do you think will contribute the crowd control problems? The thugs and rioters outside, or the ticket-holders inside?

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (, July 08, 1999.

Robert -

If I'm a NY cop, I want as little foot traffic of any kind in that area, including well-behaved "glitteratti" who might get caught up in misbehaviors by hoi polloi. Nothing like having some "Friend of Rudy" get mugged to put your boss's boss on your boss's back prontissimo. Keeping the "pearls and twin-sets" out of Times Square would simply be playing it safe, but it appears that Hizzonner is feelin' lucky...

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), July 08, 1999.

I am a first time poster frome the NY metro area. I am glad someone posted this news. I heard it on the radio yesterday but had not heard the NPR new of Rudy's challenge to keep the lights of Broadway on. For cheaper tickets try the Ticket discount booths in Times square. It's not as expensive as you think. Yesterday their were scattered blackouts all over the metro area due to an excessive heatwave and lack of power. Many in Manhattan ( in one of the poorer neighborhoods) were without power, water and etc ofr up to 15 hrs. over 1000 police were sent in to quell any problems and the mayor was very upset. He plans to sue Con Ed, the power co. for thier lack of preparedness. Just wait until Y2k. This may have been only a taste of things to come. I know I won't be anywhere near Times Square come Dec. 31st 1999. For the complete story on black outs check any major NY Paper. The Daily News, Times or LI Newsday.

-- Rebecca Sager (, July 09, 1999.

The mayor is completely insane. That really tops it off. Rudy doesn't care what madness ensures and the Clintons party in DC. Meanwhile, back in Realityville...

-- Mara Wayne (, July 09, 1999.

Mara -

Of course! That's it! Rudy heard all about Hill 'n' Bill's shindig in DeeCee and wasn't about to let them make him look like some kinda wimp re Y2K.

All politics is local. So, it seems, is Y2K.

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), July 09, 1999.

Music Maestro -

That tune was my daughter's bedtime song when she was a baby. My wife and I used to sing it to her soft and slow, and our little girl would drift off to sleep. Sweet memories...

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), July 11, 1999.

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