If you're holding a ticket over the next week for a Broadway show currently playing at a theatre owned by either the Shubert and Jujamcyn organizations, you'd better keep close tabs on whether your show will go on.
UPDATE (November 9, 11:51 am EST): According to Playbill, "Hershel Waxman, Vice President of Labor Relations of the Nederlander Organization, sent a hand-delivered letter to Local One President James Claffey Jr., a document that was released by the League Oct. 26.
In the letter, which is dated Oct. 19, Waxman says, 'Should Local One engage in a strike against the League, it would be in Nederlander's best interest to lock out the Local One bargaining unit so that the entire theatre industry achieves the best possible terms in any new agreement with Local One.'" So if you're holding theatre tickets to one of the Nederlander's nine theatres, it looks like you better keep tabs on this as well.
It may already be a fait accompli that in their ongoing labor dispute with The League of American Theatres and Producers, Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) will go on strike.
According to New York Post's Michael Riedel, the stagehands strike could begin as early as tonight since their union provided the necessary final authorization last evening for them to move forward. Riedel reports:
Union leaders were discussing last night whether to strike before the weekend or wait until Tuesday, out of fairness to ticket holders, union officials said.
The union rejected the producers' offer to negotiate this morning -- and a strike now appears to be a certainty, sources said.
Tom Short, head of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, entered the heated talks Wednesday in a bid to resolve the dispute.
But the stagehands and producers -- who resumed talks this week after a month away from the bargaining table -- made no progress.
There were "a lot of 'f--- yous' " flying back and forth, a source close to the talks said.
That certainly doesn't bode well for the next week on the Great White Way for any theatregoer, and with Short already departed for Los Angeles (there's another strike taking place there and in New York with screenwriters), a Broadway strike is likely....but I'm hoping it will be over before the Thanksgiving holiday when so many audience members are traveling to New York specifically to see a Broadway show.
I just wonder if Mayor Michael Bloomberg is standing by ready to intervene.
For a list of theatres that would not be impacted by a strike, click here.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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Now That The Union Has Spoken... (October 22, 2007)
It's Unanimous! (October 20, 2007)
D-Day Indeed (October 21, 2007)
$5 Million Per Day (October 19, 2007)
Nederlanders: On Their Own Again? (October 18, 2007)
The Broadway Theatres Not Impacted By Labor Dispute (October 17, 2007)
Bloomberg Appears Ready To Step Into Fray (October 16, 2007)
If You're Holding Tix For Broadway This Week, You're Safe (October 15, 2007)
Stagehands To Vote On Strike...October 21 (October 12, 2007)
The Shows Must Go On...At Least Over Weekend (October 12, 2007)
Still No Lockout (October 12, 2007)
No Lockout Tonight (October 11, 2007)
Lockout Likely (October 10, 2007)
Is This The One For One? (October 9, 2007)
Stagehands' Union Concedes Key Point (October 5, 2007)
Stagehands Talks To Continue This Afternoon (October 5, 2007)
No Monday Lockout (September 29, 2007)
Before The Holidays Strike? (September 25, 2007)
Thanks, Mel! (July 6, 2007)