Sunday, November 18, 2007
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
Cyrano de Bergerac
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Is He Dead?
Monty Python's Spamalot
Rock 'N' Roll
The Color Purple
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Farnsworth Invention
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The Phantom Of The Opera
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:
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
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).