NEW YORK — Most of the shows in New York's iconic Broadway theater district are to reopen on Wednesday, after being suspended as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the city, the Broadway League said.

Some of the city's most popular shows, including Jersey Boys and The Book of Mormon, were to open for either Wednesday matinee or evening performances, the official Broadway League industry group said in a statement.

The shows were forced to shut their curtains on Sunday night, as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the east coast of the United States and New York City announced it was suspending city transportation services.

But with the worst of the storm over, the League's executive director Charlotte St. Martin said "most shows" would go ahead on Wednesday and encouraged travellers stranded in the city to catch a performance.

"It's a great time to see a show," she said in a statement.

Sandy left at least 43 people dead in the United States and Canada and caused widespread damage, including mass power outages, in New York.