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. On Tuesday, as the city took account of the damage wrought by the storm, some late-night shows were moving back into full production, while 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 the hurricane. Officials at the arena said the concert was rescheduled due to flight cancellations for Springsteen’s band and more than 1,000 ticket holders.
The fallout for touring musicians will depend in part on how long it takes public transit and other infrastructure to return to normal, said Gary Bongiovanni of Pollstar, the trade publication that tracks the concert industry. Atlantic City, where a lot of acts perform, was particularly hard hit.
“Everyone knows there is no shows in New York tonight, but what about Wednesday or Thursday … when do you make the decision to try and drop things and rearrange your schedules?” he asked. “Financially everyone is taking a hit on this thing, and you make the best of it like any other natural disaster.”
In New York, despite a downed subway system and a large swath of Manhattan being powerless, others were pushing on.
ABC announced Tuesday that Jimmy Kimmel, who had planned to bring his Los Angeles-based “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to Brooklyn for a week’s worth of shows, will be live from the Harvey Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday night after canceling Monday’s show.
Jimmy Fallon, after sending his studio audience home Monday, planned to resume taping “Late Night” with an audience Tuesday.
Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” both canceled Tuesday night’s tapings. Representatives for Letterman’s “Late Show” didn’t immediately respond to questions about Tuesday’s plans.
Letterman and Fallon’s taped shows Monday, sans studio audiences, were an unusual sight. Letterman read his trademark top 10 list with hand-written signs held up for each entry, and guest Denzel Washington showed up in a yellow rain slicker, claiming he swam to the Ed Sullivan Theater. On “Late Night,” guest Seth Meyers said the experience was “like watching Charlie Rose if he had a band and everybody was a little bit high.”
“Saturday Night Live,” for which Meyers is a head writer, is expected to put on a new show Saturday as scheduled, with host Louis C.K., who himself had to cancel two Sunday stand-up performances in New York.
The city revoked film permits for all five boroughs on Tuesday, after doing the same Monday. Production on many New York-based prime-time series was affected. The sets of “Smash,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “30 Rock,” “Deception” and “Do No Harm” were closed Tuesday, NBC said. “Special Victims Unit” won’t tape Wednesday but decisions had yet to be made for the other series.