Much of Broadway Will Be Closed on Election Night

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Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. 

Many Broadway shows have planned not to compete with a big, real drama on Tuesday (Nov. 8) -- the presidential election.

The shows taking the night off include: Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalCatsChicago, The Color Purple, The Encounter, The Front Page, The Humans, Kinky BootsLes Liaisons DangereusesNatasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812Oh Hello on Broadway, On Your Feet!, Cirque du Soleil's Paramour, The Phantom of the OperaSchool of Rock, Something Rotten!, Waitress and Wicked.

The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall will also be dark.

The move is both to encourage voting and to avoid competing with a nail-biting decision. Some shows -- including Disney's Aladdin and The Lion King, as well as Hamilton, about the Founding Fathers -- will play as normal Tuesday night.