Forget about Grease.
"Hope" appears to be the new word this evening as The League of American Theatres and Producers are back at the negotiating table with Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) in an attempt to resolve the 17-day old Broadway stagehands strike.
After working 20 hours right through last night, only to break at 6:30 this morning, the two sides returned to the bargaining table this evening at The League's attorney's office -- Proskauer Rose -- at Broadway and 48th Street.
Stoking the optimism last evening was IATSE Local One Spokesman Bruce Cohen, who was widely quoted sounding upbeat and determined:
There's a lot of hard bargaining and good-faith negotiations going on, and we're hoping at some point before the day breaks tomorrow there will be a settlement....The teams are working very hard, but at this point there's still a good chunk of work to do. We'll stay here until there's a deal.Will there be a breakthrough? I'm certainly hoping that last night's discussions greased the skids for a successful conclusion that's acclaimed by all. At this point, hope is all we have.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).