Sunday, November 18, 2007

Around The Clock?

Around The Clock?

In what I can only characterize as good news, it appears that The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) are still at work according to Playbill. It's been revealed that the two sides in the ongoing Broadway stagehands strike met at the Westin Hotel at 43rd and 8th at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

While early reports indicated that no progress had been made, the two sides are reportedly working around the clock.

Update 1:04 a.m.: According to New York's Daily News, the two sides broke at 11:45 p.m. Saturday evening. No word yet on when the talks would resume.

Update 11:47 a.m.: According to both NY1 and Michael Riedel in the New York Post, talks began again this morning (Sunday) at 10:00 a.m. Riedel's brief column sounded hopeful.

Update 7:02 p.m.: Still waiting on any word from the ongoing negotiations, but so far, I'm hoping no news is good news.

As the strike goes into its ninth day, the picket lines claimed one casualty. The Lion King stagehand Francis Levaia suffered a fatal heart attack at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday evening while picketing. My heart goes out to Levaia's family, friends and colleagues. This news is truly sad.

Despite the ongoing negotiations, all Broadway shows currently impacted by the strike will remain closed. So if you're holding tickets for the following shows this afternoon and evening, (click here for ticket exchange policies), your show will not be performing:
A Bronx Tale
A Chorus Line
August: Osage County
Avenue Q
Cyrano de Bergerac
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Is He Dead?
Jersey Boys
Legally Blonde
Les Misérables
Mamma Mia!
Monty Python's Spamalot
Rock 'N' Roll
Spring Awakening
The Color Purple
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Farnsworth Invention
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The Phantom Of The Opera
The Seafarer

The following eight Broadway shows continue to perform during the strike because they are either in non-profit houses or are covered by other contracts:
Mary Poppins
The Ritz
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Young Frankenstein

Let's hope that all the silence from both sides means that they're truly serious about negotiating in good faith and that a fair and equitable settlement is in the offing. I wish both sides nothing but the best.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 18 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday November 18, 2007, at 12:35 a.m.

President Claffey is reporting that the negotiations with The League of American Theatres and Producers have broken off on Saturday evening November 17th at 11:00 p.m.

Negotiations will resume Sunday morning, November 18th at 9:00 a.m. The membership meeting will proceed as planned and the strike will continue.

At 18 November, 2007, Anonymous Spot One said...

Message to the Producers from a stage hand.
We could be back at our 7pm tuesday night curtain If you just Respect and bargain fairly..
I have been asked on the line,Why do the producers want ALL THIS?
I cant answer.
What do the stage hands want?
To bargain ! to get respect!
Was the only answer I could give.

When your winning this BILLION Dollar game, Whay make stagehands a casualty, We are the invisable Heart of the Theatre.
We love this Biz

Settle this.. Lets Go Back To Work

At 18 November, 2007, Anonymous autofly said...

We are ready to take this Curtain Out!
Give us a Fair contract!

At 18 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 18 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Our families are No. 1.”
Equity, 802, 751, 306..ATPAM


At 18 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still talking 8;45pm

At 18 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

talks have broken down..930pm

At 18 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard that the producers have walked away from the Table.

No deal
no new talks?


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