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November 10, 2007

Broadway Strike

As a result of the Broadway strike (it's a stagehand's strike in fact) it looks like Broadway will go dark tonight. The stagehand's strike will start at 11 am this morning and thus hit matinees and evening productions all through Broadway.

The curtain might not go up on Broadway this morning for the early matinee of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical."    A planned stagehands strike today could darken Seuss and more two dozen other Broadway plays and musicals just as the holiday season ramps up. The work stoppage is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

   The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One of the stage employees union have been wrangling over work rules and staffing requirements, particularly those governing the expensive process of setting up a show.

   Local One, without a contract since the end of July, was told yesterday by its parent union, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, to begin the walkout today.

   Off-Broadway shows and eight Broadway productions with separate contracts won't be affected.

Note that the strike doesn't even cover all of Broadway, let alone all of the theatres in New York:

Stagehands will go on strike Saturday, a move expected to darken most of Broadway.
   The strike was set to begin at 11 a.m., shuttering a matinee of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical".
  Both the union, Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and the League of American Theatres and Producers have not been able to reach a contract.
  The blackout is expected to cause anger and confusion among tourists who often plan vacations around Broadway shows but could provide a boon for other tourist locations.
  Actors’ Equity appears poised to honor the Local One picket lines, with the organization's website announcing support for any  strike.

And also remember that this only affects shows actually in New York. Broadway productions running in other cities are not affected. And yes, you can get your money back if you already have tickets.If you are headed to New York this weekend with Broadway tickets, full refunds for canceled shows will be available.  Chicago productions of Broadway shows are not impacted by the strike.

According to the Associated Press and other sources, the much-anticipated strike by Broadway stagehands is slated to begin Saturday morning. Most (but not all) Broadway shows are expected to be affected--including the Steppenwolf Theatre's Broadway production of "August: Osage County."

Here's the announcement of the authorisation to strike:

And here's yesterday's announcement that the stagehand's stike will go ahead:

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I found a cool post about where to go if you are affected by the strike like I was: http://nycpocket.wordpress.com/2007/11/12/stranded-as-broadway-strikes/

I'm really upset that I had to miss The Grinch!

Posted by: Stephanie | Nov 12, 2007 9:25:47 PM