The league said that the losses from Hurricane Irene were actually larger than for Sandy. Not only were 66 individual performances scrapped for Irene, but the storm struck during the busy summer, not the slower fall.
But Sandy may have hurt off-Broadway theaters more. The SoHo Rep and The Bank Street Theater lost power and had some flooding, while many other downtown theaters lost power, including the MCC Theatre and SoHo Playhouse. The Canal Park Playhouse canceled all November and December performances.
The infectious drumming show “Blue Man Group” was quieted, the immersive, genre-bending show “Sleep No More” was stilled, and The Public Theater was shut down for almost a week. The lobby at its home at Astor Place is now a collection site for post-Sandy supplies.
Charlotte St. Martin, head of the league, wasn’t sure if Sandy would produce the same outpouring of help and concern that 9/11 triggered in the city.
“There was an enormous response and rally by people across this country, and frankly, from around the world, who felt this need to support New York,” she said. “I don’t know if that’s going to happen because of the hurricane, but it sure would be great if it did.”