Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Camelot’ cancel performances amid smoke from New York wildfires

Broadway performances of “Hamilton” and “Camelot,” as well as a Shakespeare in the Park production of “Hamlet,” were canceled Wednesday night as smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to blanket New York.

“Hamilton” canceled its 8 p.m. show less than two hours before the curtain call because cast members were calling in sick.

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“Hamilton’s performance tonight will not go as planned,” Hamilton spokesman Shane Marshall Brown said in a statement. “The dangerous air quality in New York made it impossible for a number of our artists to perform tonight.”

The statement continued, “Shows will resume as scheduled tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to visit your point of sale for a refund or exchange.

The same goes for “Camelot”. A statement on the show’s official Twitter account reads that “all tickets will be fully refunded at point of purchase.”

The free production of “Shakespeare in the Park,” which takes place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, had to cut short its final dress rehearsal and canceled the play’s first two previews on Thursday and Friday nights. “Hamlet” hopes to resume performances this weekend, according to a spokesperson for The Public Theatre, noting that health experts “will continue to monitor the ongoing situation closely.”

“As the air quality continues to evolve, we are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of the city and the parks department,” a spokesperson for the show said in a statement. “While we rarely make a Free Shakespeare in the Park cancellation appeal early, to ensure the safety of our business, team, on-site staff and members of the public, it has been decided to cancel before start of the show.”

Earlier today, Tony nominee Jodie Comer canceled a matinee of her solo play “Prima Facie” due to smoke-related issues. About 10 minutes into the performance, Comer stopped the show and told the audience that the air quality made it impossible to breathe. His liner took over the performance from above.

Despite the unhealthy air quality levels, the show will go on for most other Broadway plays and musicals.

“Broadway remains open tonight and most shows are expected to occur,” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement. “There are a few shows canceled tonight due to staff coverage.”

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