NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center all remained dark Tuesday as superstorm Sandy left the New York entertainment industry fighting to go on with the show _ even if it meant performing for empty studios.
That was how David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon taped their late shows Monday night, leading to some remarkably quiet monologues. Letterman repeated the feat Tuesday, though Fallon brought in a usual crowd to his “Late Night” taping. The shows have been cautious about luring audience members out on stormy streets where many are still without power and the subway system remains down.
“Just like every night, we pretend the audience isn’t here,” Letterman explained to band leader Paul Schafer on Tuesday’s “Late Show” before an empty Ed Sullivan Theater.
The talk show host ran through his monologue from his desk, not bothering to pause for laughs that wouldn’t come: “I had to come in. I used up all my sick days,” he said, adding: “That’s a joke there.”
After a Monday night of awkwardness _ which guest Seth Meyers compared to watching Charlie Rose “if he had a band and everybody was a little high” _ Fallon happily welcomed back a live audience.
“First off, thanks to our great audience for making it out to the show tonight,” Fallon began his monologue Tuesday. “I’m so glad you’re here because last night’s audience was the worst.”
Jimmy Kimmel, who brought his Los Angeles-based “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to Brooklyn for a week’s worth of shows, was to host the ABC program live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday night after canceling Monday’s show.
Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” both canceled Tuesday night’s tapings.
Fallon said Tuesday that after Monday’s show, “I realized how much I missed the sound of laughter and applause. I haven’t heard that much silence since Kim Kardashian was asked to say something off camera.”
As the city took account of the damage wrought by the storm, the aftermath of Sandy continued to cause the cancellations of film premieres, film and TV production and even that most unshakable performer: Bruce Springsteen.
The Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert scheduled for Tuesday night at the Rochester Blue Cross Arena in upstate New York was postponed until Wednesday because of flight cancellations for the band and ticket holders.
The city revoked film permits for a second day Tuesday. The sets of “Smash,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “30 Rock,” “Deception” and “Do No Harm” were closed, NBC said, and “SVU” won’t tape Wednesday. Other series temporarily knocked out of production included “666 Park,” “Gossip Girl” and “Person of Interest.”
Films forced to stop shooting include Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and Akiva Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale,” and the Tuesday premiere of Joe Wright’s Tolstoy adaptation “Anna Karenina” was canceled.
ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Today” show and “CBS This Morning” aired live Tuesday with extensive storm coverage, though “GMA” was forced to cancel its planned Wednesday Halloween special.
Daytime shows were less successful, with production called off for “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” “Katie,” “The View” and “The Chew.” ABC said work on all the programs would resume Wednesday.