Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Strike Day Four: Eight Broadway Shows Still Open

Strike Day Four: Eight Broadway Shows Still Open

Tuesday marks Day Four of the Broadway stagehands strike. Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) initiated its strike against The League of American Theatres and Producers on Saturday after being without a contract since July 31 and earlier threats of a lockout by The League. So far, there's still no end in sight.

It should also be noted that while the stagehands were not planning on striking the Nederlander Organization since it was not represented by The League, the Nederlanders locked out the stagehands to demonstrate solidarity with The League once the strike began.

Here is a list of the only Broadway shows not impacted by the strike. These shows remain open and will perform this evening:
Cymbeline at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre (Lincoln Center, review not posted)
Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre (click here for The SOB Review)
Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre (click here for The SOB Review)
Pygmalion at the American Airlines TheatreStudio 54 (click here for The SOB Review)
The Ritz at Studio 54 (click here for The SOB Review)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Circle In The Square Theatre (Click here for The SOB Review of the Chicago production)
Xanadu at the Helen Hayes Theatre (click here for The SOB Review)
Young Frankenstein at the Hilton Theatre (click here for The SOB Preview from Seattle)

Don't forget that there's also a wide selection of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows from which to choose, as well as the 75th Radio City Christmas Spectacular and cabaret acts ranging from the sublime Broadway legend Chita Rivera at Feinstein's at the Regency to the ridiculously hard-working men and women at Don't Tell Mama.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Related Stories:
Will The Strike Go On Tour? (November 12, 2007)
From One Frustrated Audience Member To Another (November 12, 2007)
Strike Fallout, Part Two? Opening Nights In Question (November 12, 2007)
Strike Day Three: The "F" Word (November 12, 2007)
Union Of The Snake? Duran Duran Moves Remainder Of Broadway Gig To Roseland (November 11, 2007)
Strike: Day Two (November 11, 2007)
STRIKE! (November 9, 2007)
A Broadway Stagehands Strike Appears Imminent (November 9, 2007)
Roll Up Your Sleeves And Get To Work! (November 7, 2007)
Now That The Union Has Spoken... (October 22, 2007)
It's Unanimous! (October 20, 2007)
D-Day Indeed (October 21, 2007)
$5 Million Per Day (October 19, 2007)
Nederlanders: On Their Own Again? (October 18, 2007)
The Broadway Theatres Not Impacted By Labor Dispute (October 17, 2007)
Bloomberg Appears Ready To Step Into Fray (October 16, 2007)
If You're Holding Tix For Broadway This Week, You're Safe (October 15, 2007)
Stagehands To Vote On Strike...October 21 (October 12, 2007)
The Shows Must Go On...At Least Over Weekend (October 12, 2007)
Still No Lockout (October 12, 2007)
No Lockout Tonight (October 11, 2007)
Lockout Likely (October 10, 2007)
Is This The One For One? (October 9, 2007)
Stagehands' Union Concedes Key Point (October 5, 2007)
Stagehands Talks To Continue This Afternoon (October 5, 2007)
No Monday Lockout (September 29, 2007)
Before The Holidays Strike? (September 25, 2007)
Thanks, Mel! (July 6, 2007)

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At 13 November, 2007, Anonymous imustbeacommie said...

Yes the Money sides with the Money.
Did you hear that the NEDERLANDERS just purchased Live ents Holdings in Chicago.
Yes they "lockout" Stagehands and spend$60,000,000
Yes They need givebacks from working families

At 13 November, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Yes, indeed, the Nederlanders have acquired Live Nation's Chicago holdings, including the Oriental Theatre - home to the Chicago sitdown production of Wicked.

At 13 November, 2007, Anonymous Beck Equity Member said...

Yes this is "Inconvienent" for everyone.
But this is the livelyhood for the Stagehand's , The Actors ,The Musicians,
they all know "There next"
Producer have Grossed about 1 billion Dollars
and the busy season is just begining.
Your Pure Union Busting Greed is Obivious
to Anyone who can read between the Picket line's

At 13 November, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Becky Equity Member, I'd like to know to whom you're referring when you say, "Your Pure Union Busting..."

I am not a producer. I don't even work in the theatre. I'm a hard working member of the audience who uses his hard won discretionary income to go see live theatre.

Remember who you're talking to....

At 13 November, 2007, Anonymous Beck Equity Member said...

Sorry Steve
Didn’t mean You - Your
This is very upsetting,
Producers are profiting.. You see them once or twice, including opening night.
We are the ones in the trench
6 days a week, 8 shows
When I get to the theatre, the stagehands are all ready there
When I leave the stagehands are still there
The wardrobe people, wigs, sound
Everyone in my backstage experience is excellent, hard working & talented

I hate to see them getting Bashed in the press
I share an Apartment (another actor)
NYC is very expensive (as I am sure you know)

Not Take backs

At 13 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's easy to copy another's opinion and to deem them as "facts" without an original word coming from your mouth. Do you have a stagehand contract? And how is it you can deem the union members as "overpaid workers"? Tell me, how quick will you write a check for a ticket to see show with a price tag of $450.00??? And the league says the union is featherbedding???? Explain that one...

At 13 November, 2007, Anonymous Uptown GRL said...

Cost of living is very high in New York City and all those people involved in the daily grind of Broadway need to have a home, have clothing, and pay taxes, often all while only being employed for two months until their show closes. These people include lead actors, chorus members, standbys, swings, instrument players, backstage workers, dressers, wig assistants, ticket window people, and so on. You can’t just cut people out of the process to save money

At 13 November, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

First Anonymous, Again, I ask, who is the "You" to whom you're referring??? Surely, it is not me.

I have never stated once that I thought stagehands were overpaid.

At 13 November, 2007, Anonymous ONGO said...

Hey Steve
I just watched U tube video of local one press conference.
Can I post that link here?
See local one press conference part6

At 13 November, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Thanks Ongo. Here is the direct link.

At 13 November, 2007, Anonymous RocketRon said...

Taking into account estimated grosses for "Young Frankenstein," the total Rialto cume went down about one-third from the prior frame, falling about $6 million to $12.5 million.

Only 6 mill
Wait till next week
But Off Broadway is Booming I hear

At 13 November, 2007, Anonymous lift on 3 said...

"They have chosen to strike, without notifying us, rather than to continue negotiating. It is a sad day for Broadway, but we must remain committed to achieving a fair contract," said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the League of American Theatres and Producers.

Does Charlotte nose grow like Cyrano?
How can she make this stuff up.
When Thomas Short IA President Gave his Go ahead
Thursday Night Than Friday Than strike

Oh yea I forgot.. I make 160,0000

At 13 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NEW YORK (AP)--Stagehands will go on strike Saturday, a move expected to darken most of the plays and musicals on Broadway, according to a person close to contract negotiations.

said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the person was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Both the union, Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and the League of American Theatres and Producers held two days of unproductive meetings Wednesday and Thursday - reportedly contentious negotiations.

Wall Street Journal

At 13 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess on the way to the opening of "Young Frank"
She didnt have time to read the Journal


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