Monday, November 12, 2007

Strike Fallout, Part Two? Opening Nights In Question

Strike Fallout, Part Two? Opening Nights In Question

Yesterday, I reported how Duran Duran: Red Carpet Massacre shifted from the Ethel Barrymore Theatre to the Theatre District's Roseland Ballroom for the remainder of its limited New York City engagement minus, of course, the stage elements.

That transfer became the first casualty of sorts of the stagehands strike. Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) initiated its strike yesterday against The League of American Theatres and Producers, which includes the Barrymore Theatre.

Today, it looks like the next domino to fall may be previously scheduled opening nights for two high profile plays -- Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention at the Music Box Theatre (scheduled to open on November 14) and Conor McPherson's The Seafarer (scheduled to open on November 15) directly across the street at the Booth Theatre.

According to Playbill:

[P]roducers of those shows are contemplating rescheduling the official opening nights.

"If the strike continues," a spokesperson for both shows told, "the openings will be changed." If those dates are revised, the producers are asking critics to hold their reviews until the new opening dates.

UPDATE (November 13, 3:42 pm EST): The opening night for The Farnsworth Invention has been postponed indefinitely.

Stay tuned for the latest developments related to the strike.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Related Stories:
Strike Day Three: The "F" Word (November 12, 2007)
Union Of The Snake? Duran Duran Moves Remainder Of Broadway Gig To Roseland (November 11, 2007)
Strike: Day Two (November 11, 2007)
STRIKE! (November 9, 2007)
A Broadway Stagehands Strike Appears Imminent (November 9, 2007)
Roll Up Your Sleeves And Get To Work! (November 7, 2007)
Now That The Union Has Spoken... (October 22, 2007)
It's Unanimous! (October 20, 2007)
D-Day Indeed (October 21, 2007)
$5 Million Per Day (October 19, 2007)
Nederlanders: On Their Own Again? (October 18, 2007)
The Broadway Theatres Not Impacted By Labor Dispute (October 17, 2007)
Bloomberg Appears Ready To Step Into Fray (October 16, 2007)
If You're Holding Tix For Broadway This Week, You're Safe (October 15, 2007)
Stagehands To Vote On Strike...October 21 (October 12, 2007)
The Shows Must Go On...At Least Over Weekend (October 12, 2007)
Still No Lockout (October 12, 2007)
No Lockout Tonight (October 11, 2007)
Lockout Likely (October 10, 2007)
Is This The One For One? (October 9, 2007)
Stagehands' Union Concedes Key Point (October 5, 2007)
Stagehands Talks To Continue This Afternoon (October 5, 2007)
No Monday Lockout (September 29, 2007)
Before The Holidays Strike? (September 25, 2007)
Thanks, Mel! (July 6, 2007)

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