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The touring production of "Dreamgirls" that opened Tuesday night in Shea's Performing Arts Center ran into some trouble Wednesday, but Shea's officials say the problem has been fixed.

Shea's spokeswoman Lisa Grisanti confirmed that during Wednesday night's performance, one of the musical's large LED screens malfunctioned, causing a 15-minute pause in the show.

The panel -- one of five rotating towers central to the show's staging -- was eventually removed.

"There was an issue with the belt that controls the movement of one of the LED panels," Grisanti wrote in a statement. "Thus, there was a 15-minute delay in the performance [Wednesday] night so production could secure the panel and raise it/remove it from the stage."

Shea's President Anthony Conte said that the panel had been fixed and reinstalled in time for Thursday night's production. "Dreamgirls" continues at 8 p.m. today; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Grisanti said no refunds would be offered to Wednesday's audience because the show went on, a decision that is in accordance with standard practice on Broadway and elsewhere in the theater world.

Conte said that during the pause, audience members filled the time by singing Christmas carols.

"We take great pride in trying to make sure that if something does go wrong, we can fix it as fast as possible," Conte said. He noted there had also been scattered complaints about sound equipment malfunctions during the show's first two performances, which he said have also been resolved.

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