Sandy takes Broadway by storm

Wednesday October 31, 2012

Video gamers in the Northeast angling to be among the first to play the highly anticipated "Assassin's Creed III" will have to wait a little longer -- even if they have power.

Area GameStop stores cancelled their midnight launches of Ubisoft's historical action sequel as Superstorm Sandy continued to disrupt the New York entertainment scene, including Broadway, talk shows, concerts and the premiere of "Anna Karenina."

New York City officials revoked all film permits for Monday and Tuesday because of the storm and associated safety precautions.

Production was affected on several TV shows, including "Gossip Girl," "Person of Interest," "Smash," "666 Park Avenue" and "Elementary." "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" also took time off, and all 40 Broadway theaters were dark through Tuesday.

The storm halted production on a few films as well, including Akiva Goldsman's "Winter's Tale" and Darren Aronofsky's "Noah."

"I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of ‘Noah' is not lost," tweeted actress Emma Watson.

The storm forced Focus Features to postpone the Manhattan premiere of "Anna Karenina," which was set for Tuesday.

Jimmy Kimmel canceled his late night ABC talk show Monday. He was scheduled to host his Hollywood-based "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" all week from Brooklyn, where he was born. David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon taped their talk shows without audiences.

Some network schedules were shaken up by the widespread power outages cutting into the available TV audience in the East.

CBS aired repeats instead of new episodes Monday night of "How I Met Your Mother," "Partners," "2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly." A CBS News special on Sandy pre-empted "Hawaii Five-O."

The CW opted to air repeats of "90210" and "Gossip Girl."

ABC stuck to its schedule of new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" and "Castle." Fox broadcast a previously scheduled rerun of "The X Factor," which had been planned if the San Francisco-Detroit World Series ended, as it did, in four games.

NBC aired fresh installments of "The Voice" and "Revolution."

Several stations interrupted network broadcasts with live news coverage of the storm.

ABC's "Good Morning America," NBC's "Today" show and "CBS This Morning" aired live as usual Tuesday with extensive storm coverage. The daytime talk show "Live! With Kelly and Michael" planned to air a rerun Tuesday.

Sandy took a toll on the movie box office even before it made landfall. Ticket sales were down more than 11 percent compared to the same weekend last year, said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for This weekend's top film, "Argo," collected $12.1 million. The top film during the same weekend in 2011, "Puss in Boots," earned $34 million.

Several movie theaters remained closed.

Concerts planned for New York and New Jersey were canceled or postponed, including performances by Journey, comedian Louis C.K., and the "Freedom to Love Now" show featuring Rufus Wainwright and fun., which is now set for spring of 2013.

Radio City Music Hall was shuttered until today. Carnegie Hall postponed concerts planned for Tuesday. Off-Broadway shows and even national tours of Broadway shows like "Anything Goes," currently in Wilmington, Del., closed their doors.

It was the most detrimental storm for the theater community since the threat of Hurricane Irene in late August 2011 prompted producers to cancel matinee and evening performances on both a Saturday and Sunday.

East Coast charity galas were also canceled, and fashion designer Prabal Gurung postponed the unveiling of his anticipated collection for Target until next week.

AP Entertainment Writers Mark Kennedy and Jake Coyle in New York, and Sandy Cohen and Lynn Elber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.


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