Friday, October 12, 2007

The Shows Must Go On...At Least Over Weekend

The Shows Must Go On...At Least Over Weekend

Rest easy if you have Broadway tickets this weekend. No action over the impasse between Great White Way producers and the stagehands, who have been working without a contract since the end of July, will take place during the next 48 hours.

According to Playbill, Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the League of American Theatres and Producers, issued the following statement:
This weekend, the shows will go on. All Broadway theatregoers who have tickets should come in and enjoy the performances. To those of you who have followed media reports of the Broadway contract negotiations with Local One and have heard that we may be shutting down today or over the weekend, we want to assure you that that is not the case.

No lockout. No strike. Stay tuned for the latest come Monday.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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Stagehands Talks To Continue This Afternoon (October 5, 2007)
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6 Comments:

At 12 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didnt know that Charlotte had the power to make the stagehands Strike.
I thought she was Management?
What is her Theatre background?

 
At 12 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Anonymous, Of course Charlotte St. Martin has absolutely no control over whether stagehands strike. She does indeed represent management via the League of American Theatres and Producers.

But there is nothing to indicate that Local One is ready to strike at this juncture.

Do you know something we don't?

 
At 12 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This July came the news that the Theatre League had found its new Executive Director – Charlotte St. Martin. Martin, a high-ranking veteran of the hotel and hospitality industries is a life long theatre-lover and is clearly taking over her new position with much enthusiasm.

 
At 12 October, 2007, Anonymous Syd Silverman said...

So She was brought in to do hospitality?

not very hospitable to the stage hands

 
At 12 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Thanks Anonymous.

Even though I hail from the travel industry, I'm not familiar with Charlotte St. Martin, who apparently was with Loews Hotels immediately before the League.

Her biography, filed with Meetings Planners International, states:

After 28 years with Loews Hotels serving in many capacities including Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales, Operations and President and CEO of Loews Anatole Hotel, Charlotte St. Martin has recently moved to the association side of the business.

As Executive Director of the League of American Theatres and Producers, St. Martin is engaged in all things Broadway. The League's primary reason for being is to insure that Broadway, the longest street in America, remains a healthy industry throughout the country.

Charlotte has been a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) since 1977 and has served as president of the Meeting Professionals International Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter (1980-81); the International Board of Directors from 1982 to 1985 during which time she also served as Treasurer, Vice President of External Affairs, and Vice President of Internal Affairs. Charlotte returned to MPI service with the Foundation and served in many roles including Chair of the Foundation in 2005/2006.

Charlotte was named Supplier of the Year in 1982 and was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders in 1993. She received the Chair’s award at the annual MPI conference in July 2006 and the President’s award in 1990.

 
At 12 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Syd,

I'll just reiterate what I've stated before -- and this comes from a pure audience perspective.

I wholeheartedly endorse the idea of the audience members contacting the League to express their dismay at a potential lockout.

To contact the League of American Theatres and Producers, you may call 212.764.1122 or e-mail them at league@broadway.org.

League President Charlotte St. Martin's e-mail address is cstmartin@broadway.org.

Director of communications for the League is Alan Cohen at acohen@broadway.org.

I suggest anything you say or write remain nothing but courteous, yet to the point.

 

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