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“Waitress,” “Chicago,” “Significant Other” and several more Broadway and Off Broadway shows announced ticket discounts for Tuesday night performances, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company offered a $5 “snow special,” after the severity of a much-anticipated blizzard was downgraded to a messy hassle.
The Metropolitan Opera said that Tuesday night’s performance of Verdi’s “La Traviata” would go ahead as scheduled. The New York Philharmonic canceled an open rehearsal that had been scheduled for Wednesday morning, but a concert that evening will be held as planned: the New York premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto performed by Yo-Yo Ma.
Jazz at Lincoln Center canceled Tuesday night’s sets by the conga player Little Johnny Rivero and His Giants. The Joyce Theater canceled Tuesday night’s performance of Gauthier Dance. And at Carnegie Hall, the 2017 New York Wind Band Festival performance that had been scheduled for 8 p.m. on the main stage was canceled.
Most New York City museums were expected to be open on Wednesday after shuttering for the storm or their regularly scheduled closings. The Whitney Museum of American Art also had to cancel one of its evening openings for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. The Museum of Modern Art was the rare exception to be open on Tuesday, welcoming snow-drenched tourists and families with cabin fever.
Broadway performances were set to go on as scheduled Tuesday night. Broadway rarely cancels because of weather — the last time was during a blizzard in January 2016 — and generally does so only when the New York City subway system is fully shut down, which did not happen on Tuesday.
Some Off Broadway theaters also planned to stay open, often offering discounted tickets to lure audiences, but others closed because of the storm, including the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, the Vineyard Theater, Playwrights Realm and 59E59. Tuesday’s Off Broadway performance of “Sweeney Todd” at Barrow Street Theater was canceled because of an ill actor.
Telecharge said that ticket holders for most shows Tuesday night could exchange their tickets for another performance if they can’t get to the theater; the exchanges must take place before the scheduled curtain time. Other ticket sellers are expected to offer similar options to those who need to exchange tickets.
Tuesday could be the day to check out the cancellation line for “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theater (226 West 46th Street). Tickets are sold throughout the day as they become available. They won’t be cheap, but hey, it’s “Hamilton.”
The storm creates an opportunity for bargain hunters. Here are some of the discounts available Tuesday night:
• The Tony-nominated musical “Waitress” is offering up to 40 percent off on select seats to the 7:30 p.m. performance. The offer can be redeemed in person at the Brooks Atkinson Theater box office (256 West 47th Street) or at Ticketmaster with the promo code FLY1.
• The bittersweet comedy “Significant Other” is offering a 40 percent discount online or at the box office. Use the code SOTCX110.
• The new slapstick comedy “The Play That Goes Wrong,” about a bumbling group of actors in a 1920s murder mystery, is offering $45 tickets (plus a facility fee) for all seats at 8 p.m. Use the code PYSNOW314 to get tickets online (broadwaygoeswrong.com) or at the Lyceum Theater box office (149 West 45th Street).
• The long-running musical “Chicago” is offering up to $50 off on select seats to the 8 p.m. show. The offer can be redeemed at the Ambassador Theater box office (219 West 49th Street) or at BroadwayOffers.com with the promo code CHFLY218.
• The bio-musical “Cagney” is offering $25 rush tickets Tuesday at the box office. The cash-only tickets — two per person — are available at the Westside Theater box office (407 West 43rd Street).
• Inclement weather is a great opportunity to try your luck at Broadway lotteries for discounted same-day tickets, usually for seats in the first two rows of the orchestra. Playbill and Broadway for Broke People keep regularly updated lists of in-person and digital lotteries. Also, it’s business as usual at all TKTS locations, where you can get discounts of up to 50 percent on many Broadway shows.
• Paul Taylor American Modern Dance lowered the prices of all remaining tickets to Tuesday night’s performance at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center to just $5. It’s as close to free as a snowy city gets, folks.