At long last, negotiations between The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) have reached a settlement.
Hat tip to my pal Sarah over at Adventures in the Endless Pursuit of Entertainment for sharing a text message she received a half hour ago from a producer friend of hers that said, "THE STRIKE IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
The news has been confirmed by NY1 that states:
After 19 days of a walkout that cost the city and the Theater District tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue and earnings and forced dozens of shows to go dark, sources close to the negotiation say an agreement has been reached between the Broadway stagehands and the American League of Theatres and Producers.According to the Associated Press:
There has been no official word yet from either the stagehands union or the League.
The agreement is a tentative agreement. Union members would have ten days to vote on the decision. However, workers will return to work right away under this tentative agreement.
The agreement ending the 19-day work stoppage was confirmed by Bruce Cohen, a spokesman for the union.There are bound to be plenty of champagne corks popping among elated theatre fans.
But even if it's over, what will it take to lure you back to a Rialto theatre? I invite you to vote in my latest SOB Poll to tell me whether you won't hesitate going back or if you've sworn off the Great White Way or are somewhere in between.
Personally, I do have tickets that I purchased prior to the onslaught of the strike, but I can't help but harbor some contempt for those who allowed the situation to reach such an ugly point with no regard for the people who keep Broadway in business: the audience.
I'd love to know what you think.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).