Arsht Center Cleaning Up After Sunday's Flooding | NBC 6 South Florida

Arsht Center Cleaning Up After Sunday's Flooding

"The Lion King" returns Tuesday night



    (Published Monday, May 21, 2012)

    Ticket holder Vicki Shure was back at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Monday, hoping for a second chance to see “The Lion King” after Sunday's washout.

    “They said they got the problem fixed, and whoever wants tickets can see the show again, and that's why I'm here, to come get more tickets so that I can finish seeing what was already a really great show,” she said.

    Heavy rains cut the show short Sunday night, as the Arsht Center was evacuated because of flooding. The arts center said that flash flooding downtown caused a drain line to leak during the performance.

    Shure was in the second row when she realized something was off.

    “The lights went on, and everyone on the stage disappeared, and they were like, OK, everybody just relax, we have a problem,” she said.

    The big-budget musical returns Tuesday, so three huge humidifiers ran all day Monday to dry out the waterlogged lobby.

    Engineers said that heavy rains likely overwhelmed a ceiling drainage pipe – sending water rushing, not dripping, from overhead.

    Arsht Center CEO and President John Richard said in a statement Monday that the cleanup was progressing as planned.

    “The building is safe for patrons and Tuesday evening’s 8 p.m. performance of ‘The Lion King’ will be presented as scheduled,” he said.

    Richard encourage ticket holders for Sunday’s show to call their original point of purchase or the Arsht Center’s box office at 786-468-2337 to exchange tickets for a future performance. Tickets are available for shows through June 10.