Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Today, the Broadway stagehands strike moves into its 11th day after 25 hours of weekend negotiations between The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) failed to even produce a contingency plan for getting the Great White Way all lit up in time for Thanksgiving week, traditionally the second busiest of the entire year.
Instead of continuing at the table, The League abruptly left and quickly cancelled each of the shows already impacted by the strike through this Sunday.
Tonight was the night that Tracy Letts' August: Osage County -- hands-down the best play I've seen in the last five years -- was due to open on Broadway. But since it is drydocked at the struck Imperial Theatre, it instead becomes the third show to indefinitely postpone its opening. Sadder still, it's a transfer from Chicago's not-for-profit Steppenwolf; ironically, of the eight Broadway shows left open for the flock of tourists headed to the Big Apple, exactly half are able to continue precisely because they're playing in houses run by New York not-for-profit theatre companies.
The following eight Broadway shows continue to perform during the strike because they are either in said non-profit houses or are covered by other contracts:
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
If you're holding tickets through Sunday for any of the other Broadway shows listed below, (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
New York City is going all out not to let the businesses in the Theatre District implode from lack of traffic. One of the best bets for the week (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day itself) is an offer in which you can receive 15% off a dine-in lunch or dinner at wide array of the Theatre District's dining establishments via their Dining in the District campaign.
Also, since this is the week of Thanksgiving, please do what you can to remember those with AIDS or HIV-related illnesses. Since you'll be saving money on both your meals and the no-shows, please remember that this is the time of year when castmembers of Broadway shows typically make their appeal to audiences on behalf of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. To donate directly to the organization, click here.
Also, please don't forget that there are just three more days to enter the SOB Contest for a free DVD copy of "ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway." Click here for more details on how to enter.
Finally, keep your comments coming. Over the next few days, I'll be online a bit more sporadically than usual, but I hope to bring you the latest updates.
I appreciate your readership. Despite the ongoing situation on Broadway, you have given me so much to be thankful for. Here's wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).