NEW YORK THEATER GOERS RIOT OVER "CATCH ME" LOSS TO "MORMON"
New York City, New York - Angry, drunken theater fans ran wild Sunday night after the loss by "Catch Me if You Can" to "The Book of Mormon" in this year's Tony Awards which honor excellence in theatre. "Catch Me" fans set cars and garbage cans ablaze, smashed windows, showered giant TV screens with beer bottles and danced atop overturned vehicles. Later, looters smashed windows and ran inside theater gift shops.
"We have a small number of hooligans on the streets of New York City causing problems," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "It's absolutely disgraceful and shameful and by no means represents the city of New York. ... We have had an extraordinary run during this Broadway season, great celebration. What's happened tonight is despicable."
At one shop, looters were seen grabbing "Catch Me" T-shirts and anything else they could get their hands on. Young women were seen escaping with "Catch Me" mugs, with one carrying out part of a mannequin. The theater was filling with smoke as people, their faces covered in bandannas, continued the violence.
"Catch Me" star Norbert Leo Butz said "It's terrible," shaking his head. "This city and theater district has a lot to be proud of, the cast we have and the guys we have in here. It's too bad."
"Sister Act" cast member Patina Miller, from a nearby theater, sent a Twitter message imploring the fans to stop the violence. "We're a great city and have a lot of class. Broadway is great and our honors will come. "
It appears there have been no fatalities, but ambulances seemed to be having trouble getting down the street outside the Beacon Theater and TV images showed at least one woman mopping blood from her forehead with a "Catch Me" Playbill.