Monday, November 19, 2007
Last evening -- despite approximately 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.) -- The League walked away from the bargaining table and promptly announced like ill-behaved children taking all their marbles away that all Broadway show currently closed because of the strike will remain shut down through November 25, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
With the stagehands strike now in its 10th day, if you're holding tickets for the following shows through Sunday, (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
Don't forget that throughout this week (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day itself), you can take advantage of 15% off a wide array of the Theatre District's dining establishments through their strike-related promotion Dining in the District campaign.
And 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.
Finally, on a personal note, I had tickets this week for three of the struck shows, including August: Osage County, Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Is He Dead? But I will now be taking in Cymbeline and Off-Broadway's The Glorious Ones instead (making life easier, both shows are performing at Lincoln Center).
Happily, I already had purchased tickets to see the still performing Radio City Christmas Spectacular for this coming Wednesday. After my profound disappointment with the outcome of yesterday's lack of resolution, this will serve as a much needed salve in giving me at least a little holiday cheer.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).