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article imageNew York entertainment disrupted by superstorm

By Layne Weiss     Oct 29, 2012 in Entertainment
New York - New York's entertainment industry has taken a major hit thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Earlier Monday night, "Late Show" host David Letterman recited his monologue to a nearly empty Ed Sullivan Theater. "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon had the same experience.
New York City officials announced Monday that film permits for Monday and Tuesday have been revoked because of the superstorm, The Associated Press reports.
"There will be no city authorized outdoor filming within the five boroughs, the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting said in a statement Monday.
At least nine television shows were affected by the shutdown, The LA Times reports. These shows include Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, Elementary, 666 Park Avenue, and The Following.
Networks such as CBS and the CW chose to air repeats of their shows even though new episodes were supposed to air.
The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were also canceled for Monday.
Broadway theater owners canceled all Sunday and Monday shows before the rain even hit the city, CBS reports.
"The safety and security of theatre goers and and employees is everyone's primary concern." said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League.
According to The AP, Broadway will remain closed through Tuesday.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live," which usually tapes in Los Angeles, was scheduled to tape a week of shows in Brooklyn, Kimmel's home borough, this week, The LA Times reports. Monday's taping was canceled. Kimmel was annoyed, but hopeful the show could be taped Tuesday.
Concerts and movie premieres have also been canceled. According to the Huffington Post, movie theaters have been closed across the northeast. Aimee Mann's Monday night concert at the Bowery Ballroom was canceled. Concerts for Sunday were also canceled, including Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Trey Anastasio.
The storm has also forced the cancellation of New York's premiere of Anna Karenina, which was scheduled for Tuesday,The AP reports. The opening will be rescheduled.
The "Freedom To Love Now" benefit concert featuring Rufus Wainwright has been postponed until next spring.
Comedian and Emmy winnner Louis C.K. has also rescheduled two of his stand-up shows for March, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Darren Aronofsky's film Noah, which tells the biblical story of Noah and the ark he built to escape a flood was also forced to shutdown production, CBS reports. Noah is played by Russell Crowe.
New York's La Guardia Airport has been shut down, ironically due to flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy. It is scheduled to reopen Tuesday evening.
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