Sunday, December 09, 2007

Hallelujah! The Portly Woman Has Sung

Hallelujah! The Portly Woman Has Sung

With a 23% increase in wages, according to NY1, Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) has voted overwhelmingly in favor of its new five year contract with The League of American Theatres and Producers.

But in case you think all of Broadway's labor woes are behind us now that the stagehands are happy, think again. Apparently the most visible aspect of the Great White Way -- the actors -- may be next in less than six months (hat tip to The Playgoer, who also details some of the various surprising nuances of the stagehands' deal).

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Related Stories:
December 9 - Time To Cue Portly Woman's Tune? (December 1, 2007)
What The League And Local One Are Saying (November 29, 2007)
STRIKE IS OVER! (November 28, 2007)
Strike By The Numbers (November 13, 2007)
STRIKE! (November 9, 2007)
Before The Holidays Strike? (September 25, 2007)
Thanks, Mel! (July 6, 2007)

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At 10 December, 2007, Anonymous SpotOne said...

Thank again Steve
Yes we did end up with a good and fair contract.
The league fianlly realised that they need to Bargain.
Thats all the stagehands asked for in the first place.
we traded stuff off like loadin numbers for sick days
pay raises.
Yes there were givebacks on both sides..Thats Fair Bargaining!
We are not here to kill the golden Goose.But we deserve an egg or two.
Hats off to Pres,Claffe
Bus agents..McGarty & Wex

Its a Shame that it had to come to a strike.
But a group of trust fund babies & Lawyers
Took quite a beating from a bunch of Guys that work for a living.

If the league used there Brain insted of money..
This deal could have been maid and a show never would have been missed

At 10 December, 2007, Blogger Mondschein said...

Portly? I'm sure she'd rather be described as "full-figured" or "zaftig." ;-)

Thanks for following this saga for us, Steve!

At 10 December, 2007, Anonymous DeckSound said...

Dont you feel sorry for the Producers
Now that the stagehands strike is over, the neon lights are back on Broadway, and so are the advertisers who sponsor many of its shows and the handful of brands featured in the productions.

Some advertisers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions to be associated with the Great White Way.

At 11 December, 2007, Anonymous AutoFly said...

Its Funny that the press seems focused on, the number employed during a loadin.
There was no interest in the press about the 24 other"Demands" the the League wanted.
Sorry I had to vent!
Fantasia s been out alot,, are the rumours True?
New lead in Jersey boys? seems better than that other guy.
Straight plays.. seem to be making a comeback!!!

Shrek comming to Broadway!!!
Alot of new stuff...WOWIE

At 11 December, 2007, Blogger said...

I have heard (read) rumors of an Equity actors strike as well as a SAG actors strike. Not sure which is true, but neither or both would be pretty...

At 11 December, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Spotone, Glad you folks are happy with it because you're the ones who will have to live with it.

At 11 December, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Mondschein, And here I thought portly would be politically correct. Thank you for setting me straight!

At 11 December, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Autofly, I never did get to see either Fantasia or John Lloyd Young because while I was paying to see them perform, they were out.

I've already gone on about how FB's absence didn't really bother me because the understudy was superb. As for Jersey Boys, I saw Michael Longoria perform in Young's place and he was excellent as Frankie Valli - I'm thrilled he's ascended to the lead role.

As for rumors of Fantasia, I hear she's having a baby.

At 11 December, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Man in Chair, this must be the season for entertainment strikes. I'm so glad I love to read! But I'll have to get a new DVD player since the ongoing screenwriters strike helped me wear out my now defunct player.

At 11 December, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well before the Suprise Stagehand strike.
Equity was in the crosshairs...
now after the league strengthened
the Bond between all the Theatre labor unions
(802 / local One / Equity )
Im not sure they want to fight!
Rumor has it Several People are Retiring "From the League Team"


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