Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Now that the most intriguing drama of the week appears to have played out in a court of law, there's finally something for Broadway-loving audiences to be thankful for.

With that, I'm now abroad for the next few days (I'm currently in Amsterdam en route to Stuttgart, Germany), and I expect my reporting to be very spotty at best.

So allow me to take a moment and say thank you for visiting Steve On Broadway (SOB) over the past year. With your continual feedback, comments, interest and friendship, you've made me very grateful.

Ironically, it was also a year ago today that I first posted a story that spurred an inquiry from one of my dear readers. Now, a year later and several Broadway shows later, Esther at Gratuitous Violins has become a treasured friend and indeed a beloved sister. If you haven't yet visited her site that's full of interesting and thoughtful insights -- not only about theatre, but film, television and literature, as well as the occasional random musing for good measure -- please take a look. I think you'll enjoy what you see. Esther, here's wishing you a truly wonderful holiday and thank you for the gift of friendship!

Thank you once again for visiting Steve On Broadway.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 22 November, 2007, Anonymous DeckSound said...

All the Best Steve.
To you your Friends and Family.
Happy Thanksgiving

At 22 November, 2007, Anonymous very interesting said...

Producers complain they must pay for long stretches of idle time.

The producer have decide not to pay
Musicians when not playing.
They will be paid by the number of Notes, in the Score!
Ushers will only be paid full scale in sold out houses
Actors not appearing in the First act will only receive half pay.
Stagehands will use a Chess time clock and only to be paid when actually moving scenery

At 22 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanks-Givebackin
A message to you from BigBiz
to the little guy..

At 22 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MYTH: The League came to the Stagehands with honor, respect, and good faith, and the greedy Stagehands have walked out on them.
FACT: The employers continually attack the Stagehands in the media. They don't treat the Stagehands with honor and respect. Instead of continuing negotiations in October, the League walked out and unilaterally imposed non-negotiated work rules. That's usually seen as a declaration of war on a Union. The stagehands went to work under these rules and kept pressing to re-open negotiations which began again on November 7th.

At 22 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MYTH: The Stagehands walked away from the table.
FACT: Local One stayed to negotiate until 2 a.m. in the morning on Thursday, November 8, only to be told that the League was "too tired" to start at 9:30 in the morning. Thursday night, the League negotiators felt that preparing for the opening night party of "Young Frankenstein" was a bigger priority than negotiating. The League also reneged on compromises that had already been agreed upon, undermining the entire negotiating process. The producers knew that their final offer would result in a strike.

At 22 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“We will not accept musician minimums in any way.” Yet, we still have them. They are lower than they used to be, but they are there.

We had a situation where a bunch of producers were saying “Well, we’ve agreed to these things for years, but we never should have.

At 22 November, 2007, Blogger SarahB said...

Happy Thanksgiving Steve! I'm thankful to have found a kinship with you! Have a safe journey! xo Sarah

At 22 November, 2007, Blogger Esther said...


Thank-you so much for linking to my humble little blog and encouraging me to start it. I would never have done it without your support.

I'll always remember when you answered my first e-mail. You said you were delighted that I found you. Well, I'm delighted and so thankful I found you!

Remember a year ago, when I asked what you'd recommend if I wanted to see something in addition to "A Moon for the Misbegotten?" Hard to believe that since then, I've had three incredible trips to New York City, which is truly my favorite city in the world now!

A year ago, I'd never seen a show on Broadway and it had been years since I'd gone to the theater anywhere. Now, I've now seen 19 shows in New York, including several with you by my side, and numerous others closer to home. Your enthusiasm and passion for the theater has truly rubbed off!

In addition to being my terrific theater guide, thank-you for being a loving, supportive brother and a generous and caring friend. I am so thrilled and so proud to be your beloved sister and I treasure our friendship. I'm looking forward to more great discussions and more theater trips with you by my side.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and to all of the people you love.

At 23 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that the producers were not willing to come to the negoitaion table because they "Had PLANS TO SPEND TIME WITH THERE FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAY"
Shows you how important the ticket buying public is to them.


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