Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Last evening at 7 p.m., something truly heartwarming happened on 44th Street.
What appeared to be around a hundred theatre devotees gathered outside Broadway's St. James Theatre to witness a profile in courage and strength as the cast of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! gathered to serenade the assembled crowd with tunes that Jujamcyn won't allow them to sing on stage, due to their lockout. I was there cheering them on, and for the first time in the last couple weeks, I felt thankful for being a live theatre fan.
Later this morning, New York State Supreme Court Judge Helen E. Freedman will hear further arguments from the show's producers, who contend that since they are operating under their own negotiated contract with Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) and since the stagehands have already laid down their picket signs outside the St. James, they should be able to trump Jujamcyn's decision to lockout the union and the audience in lockstep with The League of American Theatres and Producers.
I'm hoping for Judge Freedman to take a page out of "Miracle On 34th Street" and not only deftly display a hearty dose of thoughtful jurisprudence, but also some much needed holiday cheer just in time for Thanksgiving.
On this twelfth day of the stagehands strike, 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
As previously noted in this space, New York City is going all out to increase business in the Theatre District by offering 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. The offer lasts all week long, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day.
And speaking of Thanksgiving, please 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.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).