- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - All Broadway shows - both matinees and evening performances - were canceled Saturday after New York state officials declared a weather emergency.

A ban on travel in New York and the suspension of public transportation forced Broadway producers and theater owners to pull the plug only about an hour before 2 p.m. matinees were due to start.

Disney Theatrical Productions was the first to cancel, announcing that their “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” would be closed as snow and wind smashed through Times Square.

“We expect normal operations to resume for tomorrow’s Sunday matinees,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, which represents producers.

The storm didn’t stop the inaugural three-day BroadwayCon - sort of like a ComicCon for thespians - at a midtown hotel. Some 5,000 theater fans were geeking out on shows and celebrities.

Further north, a Rita Moreno concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center was canceled, as were performances at the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was closed, as was The Museum of Modern Art. The off-Broadway show “Fuerza Bruta” was also no match for the storm.

The last time Broadway took a big weather hit was Superstorm Sandy in 2012. It darkened Broadway for four days and cost more than $8.5 million in lost revenue.

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