The security alert in New York's Times Square on Saturday evening did not prevent nearby Broadway shows from going on.
Although part of the area was evacuated after a T-shirt vendor alerted authorities to what turned out to be an apparent failed car bombing, no theaters in the famed district were evacuated, officials said Sunday. Some shows did start late, and in some cases audiences had to leave through different exits.
"Due to police activity that closed a few streets in Times Square, there were some late curtains but all shows did go on," said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, in a written statement.
The schedule for Sunday was unchanged, she said. "The proper authorities are doing their jobs to keep Times Square safe for everyone, and Broadway shows are setting their stages to delight audiences."
The car was parked along 45th Street, right around the corner from Broadway, which draws millions of people to Times Square every year. In the 2008-2009 season, more than 12 million tickets were sold, grossing $943 million, according to The Broadway League. More than 6 million tickets are bought by visitors who come to New York or extend a trip specifically to attend shows.
Broadway contributes $5.1 billion to the city's economy in addition to ticket sales and supports 44,000 jobs.
A few shows saw no impact in their schedules Saturday, including "Everyday Rapture" and "Fences," The Broadway League said. Some, including "Collected Stories" and "La Cage aux Folles," started a few minutes late.
"The Lion King" - one of the shows closest to the car - had a late start.
The shows "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Red" went up 30 minutes late, and audiences were instructed to leave through different exits.
After the show "God of Carnage," the audience was held for 15 minutes before being instructed to leave through a stage door alley, into the lobby of Milford Plaza and through to 8th Avenue.