In something eerily reminiscent of "Miracle On 34th Street," it appears that a court play may be likely for Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! according to a late breaking report.
Throughout today, I've been providing updates on the little Broadway show that looked like it was about to stage a comeback.
A week ago Saturday, this show became the first casualty in the stagehands strike. Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) has been striking against The League of American Theatres and Producers over the past nine days.
Because the producers of The Grinch have their own contract with IATSE, they argued -- successfully -- that the union should lay down its picket signs and allow the production to move forward. But there was one gigantic hitch. The League nixed that with Jujamcyn, owner of the St. James Theatre, saying that regardless of the production's contract, it would stand in solidarity with the rest of The League by essentially locking out its stagehands, and by extension, its audiences.
Grinch producer James Sanna apparently is not willing to take Jujamcyn's decision lying down. He's ready to fight this battle in court.
According to WABC-TV Eyewitness News:
"This is unbelievable that this show is not going to happen because of this larger dispute," Sanna said. "We really need to take action tomorrow, so what we are going to do is go to court and try to get our show open."So there you have it folks, a tale of a production -- ironically about greed and stealing Christmas away from the children -- fighting to perform just in time for the throngs who have already purchased their tickets for the show.
I can't help but cheer Mr. Sanna on.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).