Sunday, November 25, 2007
Sorry folks for the interruption in my reports, but I'm back home again this evening after a whirlwind trip to Germany.
I was sincerely hoping my first post-trip post would be able to herald the return of Broadway, but I guess I'll just have to settle for the welcome news that The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) have at least returned to the negotiating table. The New York Times' Campbell Robertson and Steven Greenhouse provide yet another excellent report on how the two sides are trying to court favorable public opinion.
So far, there's no word on how this latest round of talks is going, but I have to think that anything would be preferable to the result from the last round a week ago today. That's when The League abruptly left the table and promptly said that none of the struck shows would play during the entire week. It no longer seemed to matter to The League -- which has been telling the world that the economic impact of the strike was hitting $17 million per day, about $15 million more than the estimates by the New York City Comptroller's Office -- how much this strike would cost them during one of the single most lucrative weeks of the year.
When Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! reopened Friday at Broadway's St. James Theatre, the total number of Great White Way shows available to audiences during the typically busy Thanksgiving weekend increased to nine. But tonight, one of those shows -- Mauritius at the not-for-profit Manhattan Theatre Club's Biltmore Theatre -- shutters as originally scheduled, returning the total number of open shows back to eight.
The following shows remain open despite the strike because they are either performing in non-profit houses or are covered by other contracts:
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Of these, I have not had the opportunity to see Grinch, but can recommend each of the other shows with varying degress of enthusiasm except for The Ritz, which I thought was just plain awful (click here for my SOB Review). You'll find each of my reviews in the right hand column of this site.
Barring a miracle this evening, the following Broadway shows remain closed by the strike (click here for ticket exchange policies):
A Bronx Tale
A Chorus Line
August: Osage County
Cyrano de Bergerac
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
Finally, before closing out this message, I want to express my deepest appreciation for all the individuals who've commented and graciously provided updates while I've been incomunicado. Thanks so much for keeping Steve On Broadway current even when I was unable to do so myself.
Now that I'm back, I'll be once again providing regular updates, but please keep those comments coming!
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