(ABCNEWS.com) — Madonna became the first major musician on tour to return to the stage last night, pledging proceeds to help the families of the terrorist attacks.
The lights on Broadway had been black. The gates on the studio lots in Hollywood remained locked. Virtually the entire world of show business had shut down in the days after Tuesday's attack.
As the nation mourns, the three biggest networks — NBC, CBS, and ABC — have pushed back the rollout of their new primetime schedules to Sept. 24, a week later than originally planned. And TV's highest honors, the Emmy Awards, are now rescheduled for Oct. 7.
For the entertainment world, Madonna's performance in Los Angeles and the resumption of The Producers on Broadway last night marked the return of some semblance of normalcy.
Madonna Fans Join in Moment of Silence At the Staples Center, Madonna resumed her regular tour schedule, offering a moment of silence for those killed and injured in the terrorist attacks.
Ticket holders were told to arrive at least one hour early before the sold-out performance to allow themselves enough time to make it through the heightened security procedures. But no one seemed to mind.
"I was a little apprehensive about coming tonight, just because of everything that's been going on, but I feel a little safer now being here with everybody and seeing security," said one fan.
Marquee Lights Just a Little Dimmer on Broadway On the Great White Way, the marquee lights were back on, though dimmed to honor victims of the violence, as the curtains of many Broadway shows rose again. Nathan Lane, of the hit show The Producers, talked about the need to laugh in a time of grief.
"It's not that we're forgetting what's happened," Lane said. "But I think as you watch these stories and how incredibly heartbreaking and moving it is, you do need to get away from it and think about something else."
Lane said the mood in the audience was palpably different. "I looked out in this crowd, some holding back tears, obviously thinking about those who died in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon."
At the end of the sold-out performance, the cast led the audience in a rousing rendition of "God Bless America."
The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and other shows planned a moment of silence to mark the sad events.
The terrorist attack in New York comes at a time when tourism is already down slightly from last summer. Except for The Producers and The Lion King, tickets are readily available for most shows.
Bill Diehl and Buck Wolf in New York, and Dave Alpert in Los Angeles contributed to this report.