Concertgoers at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury got a dark surprise Friday night when power went out, cutting short Sal "the Voice" Valentinetti's second annual Christmas show.
Opening act Blaise "Biagio" Benevenga was performing the Lou Monte song, “Shaddap You Face," when the power went out around 8:30 p.m., said Valentinetti, a 2016 finalist on the television program "America's Got Talent."
“My head of security is a firefighter in Hicksville. He got the call and said, ‘Oh boy — I don’t think the power is coming back on,'" Valentinetti, 23, said.
Friday's high winds knocked down a primary wire, killing power to about 800 customers, PSEG Long Island spokeswoman Elizabeth Flagler said. Power was restored just before 9 p.m., she said.
About 10 minutes after the power went out, Valentinetti said he went out on stage to try and perform.
“My father always said, ‘Never let people say that you never did nothing for them.’ I grabbed a megaphone, went out on stage with my seven-piece band and did a few songs," he said. "We could at least say that we tried.”
Valentinetti said he sang “Sleigh Ride,” “Cool Yule” and “Come Fly With Me.”
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“I had everyone take out their cellphones and turn their lights on. People were yelling and cheering," he said.
But his performance was cut short when about 1,700 concertgoers were evacuated with the help of police just before 9 p.m., at the venue's request, Nassau County police said. Officers helped direct the massive exodus of vehicles, police said.
“They had to drag me off the stage," Valentinetti said. "People were yelling for more.”
Once outside, he said he took pictures with as many fans as he could. His family later went back to his house in Bethpage and got pizza, he said.
And for any disappointed fans left wanting more, Valentinetti said the Christmas show has been rescheduled to Feb. 9.
“It was an act of God and a matter that was out of our hands," Valentinetti said of Friday's outage. "All things considered — what a night!”