Lest anyone think that their theatregoing habits are safe the farther they are from the Big Apple, think again. Broadway stagehands -- Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) -- are in their third day of striking against The League of American Theatres and Producers.
According to Michael Riedel, Brian Hamacher and Leonard Greene, all those Broadway touring companies crisscrossing North America may be next:
Striking stagehands who shut down much of Broadway this weekend are set to take their show on the road.
Union leaders are threatening to pull theater stagehands from lucrative out-of-town tours to put pressure on producers with whom they reached an impasse in bitter contract talks, several sources said yesterday.
That means that road shows like Jersey Boys and Wicked, which have already gone dark in New York, could see their curtains fall.
The popular touring shows bring producers hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Thomas Short, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which authorized the local union to strike, has not yet signed off on a tour pullout, sources said.
Thankfully, there's always those great nonprofit venues like Chicago's Steppenwolf, Minneapolis' Guthrie, DC's Arena Stage, Atlanta's Alliance....
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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