Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Which Shows May Close?

Which Shows May Close?

Should the ongoing stagehands strike go on indefinitely, look for several Broadway shows to shutter permanently. One such show that may be forced to close sooner than planned is the pretty good production of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Earlier today, I talked with a high-placed source with the show who relayed frustration with the ongoing situation and said that if the impasse between Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) and The League of American Theatres and Producers is not resolved "soon," the show will indeed shutter.

I can only hope that prediction will not come to fruition, but with each day passing without any word of further negotiations, I can't help but wonder how many other productions are in the same boat.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 22 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They all might close If Charlotte does the math.
Frank Braconi, chief economist for New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., estimates that New York loses about $2 million in economic activity for each day of the strike.
Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the producers' league, issued a statement on Nov. 10 that the strike ``will have an economic impact of $17 million per day

This Woman who never worked in Theatre.... Now Runs it!

At 22 November, 2007, Anonymous jersey grl said...

JOHN LLOYD YOUNG didn't get to play his final performance as Frankie Valli in "Jersey Boys" Wednesday night because of the strike, but he showed up anyway.

At 22 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DEBRA MONK plays tough-as-nails producer Carmen Bernstein in "Curtains." The pall over the Great White Way has touched her deeply.

"I've been looking down the street by the theater with extreme sadness," she said, adding that lyrics from her song "It's a Business" have new resonance: "It goes, ‘To the stagehands, to the dressers to the musicians in the pit, it's a business.' It says we're all in this together. We have to be."


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