UPDATED, 11:22 AM: The NYPD on Saturday night asked managers at several Broadway theaters to delay their openings while a bomb squad investigated a suspicious vehicle parked on Broadway in front of the Marriott Marquis hotel. Police quickly determined that the vehicle posed no threat, and shows in the vicinity including Hamilton, On Your Feet! and Finding Neverland started about 20 minutes late.
A spokesman for Finding Neverland said the curtain at that show, running at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on West 46th Street, went up at 8:24 PM after being given an all-clear by police. (Evening performances on Broadway typically begin around seven minutes past the hour.) A spokesman for Hamilton, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on West 46th, and for On Your Feet! at the Marquis Theatre, which is in the hotel, confirmed that there were no evacuations nor were any audience members taken to the basements, as erroneously reported.
PREVIOUSL, SUNDAY PM: Broadway audiences Saturday night were briefly evacuated from two theaters following a bomb scare that led New York City police to shut down two blocks of the city’s theater district. Local news reported that streets and businesses along West 46th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, as well as part of Broadway, were sealed off, and crowds attending both the Broadway hit Hamilton and the Miami Sound Machine musical On Your Feet! were evacuated from theaters during the investigation.
The scare happened around 8 PM when police responded to reports of an illegally parked truck carrying gasoline canisters in the cab and bearing exposed wires in the front seat. The all-clear was given half an hour later as the truck was found by police not to pose a threat and the driver was taken into custody. The driver was released this morning after being questioned overnight. Performances resumed once the all-clear was given.