Lights Off Broadway: Actors and Carnegie Hall musicians from shows disrupted by the power outage in Manhattan take to the streets and continue with their performances in incredible scenes from NYC
- Nearly 30 Broadway shows were canceled due to the power failure on Saturday
- Some artists decided to entertain disappointed cardholders by taking to the streets to sing hits from their musicals
- The casts of We Come From Away, Waitress and Hadestown were among them
- The Millennial Choirs and Orchestras also played outside of Carnegie Hall
- Jennifer Lopez fans stayed in the dark in Madison Square Garden when the power went out just before she started her fourth song of the night
- The power outage with 45,000 ConEd customers was attributed to a transistor fire
The widespread power outage in New York City on Saturday night showed hordes of Broadway and Carnegie Hall visitors who had expensive tickets for canceled concerts, but for some artists the show must go on.
In a true New York fashion, some casts on Broadway and Carnegie Hall musicians took to the streets to entertain disappointed ticket holders and happy passers-by.
The casts of We Come From Away, Waitress and Hadestown were watched as they sang songs from their musicals while their potential audiences were surrounded by the dark tents of their respective theaters.
Their performances were shared on social media.
Casts from some Broadway shows, including Hadestown (photo), took to the streets under their dark party tents to entertain their disappointed future audience
The cardholders praised the casts and shared the outdoor shows on social media
Later in the uptown, the members of the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras took over the sidewalks and the street outside the legendary concert hall for an a cappella version of their performance.
The power outage caused by a transistor fire forced the cancellation of nearly 30 Broadway, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Lion King and the Book of Mormon, according to Broadway World.
Card holders for Be More Chill, Beetlejuice, Beautiful and Burn. However, this was fortunate, because those shows could continue as planned.
Thousands of Jennifer Lopez fans at Madison Square Garden were not so happy, however, because the location was on the path of the power outage.
Video shared with CNN fans still showed their seats in the darkened room, clapping and cheering despite the power outage. A fan said the power went out just before Lopez started singing her fourth song. Eventually, fans were told to evacuate because it was clear that the show would not go ahead.
The Millennial Choirs and Orchestra played an a cappella version of their planned concert outside Carnegie Hall
Artists from Broadway & We Come From Away also come to the streets to entertain the crowds
The ticket holders were very happy that they could see part of the show that they had paid to see
Lopez went to Twitter to say that she & # 39; heartbroken & # 39; was because the rest of her show was canceled and it would be rescheduled.
A spokesperson for the fire department in New York City said the cause of the outage, which left more than 45,000 Con Edison customers without power, was being investigated.
The New York City fire department said the cause was a transformer fire that started at West 64th Street and West End Avenue.
& # 39; FDNY works on numerous stuck lifts on the West Side and the metro & # 39; s & # 39 ;, the spokesperson said.
The outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City interruption that left most of the city without power.
The city's metro system said it worked with Con Edison utility to determine the cause of the failure, which was claimed to affect Midtown and the Upper West Side.
& # 39; Various stations currently have no power and are bypassed by all trains & # 39 ;, as was posted on Twitter.
ConEd said on Twitter: “We respond to extensive outages on the west side of Manhattan. We will share more information when it arrives. Thanks. & # 39;
An update from ConEd at 8:08 PM reads: & # 39; We are working to restore the power supply to 42,000 customers, primarily in the west side of Manhattan. & # 39;
Corey Johnson, New York City City Speaker, said on Twitter that the ConEd station on West 49th Street is a & # 39; major outage & # 39; and that ConEd was working on fixing it.
Because some stations and traffic lights were dark, many residents and visitors took to the streets and walked, according to reports on social media, many of which had the hashtag #blackoutnyc.
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