Broadway Still Dark


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If your Thanksgiving agenda included seeing a Broadway show this week, you might want to start thinking about alternative plans. Last night, the stagehands union and the League of Americans Theaters [ended negotiations] after 24 hours of talks, signaling this strike might endure awhile longer.


The strike has now lasted nine days, costing theaters and their surrounding businesses about $2 million per day in lost revenue. Meanwhile, shows have been canceled through next Sunday, meaning that more than two dozen shows will miss the second most lucrative week of the year.


Luckily, however, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” will [re-open its doors] tomorrow night at the St. James Theater because it has a separate contract with the stagehands union. Despite their similarities, the producers will not play the Grinch. But the LAT has already stolen Thanksgiving on Broadway by ending negotiations last night, and if talks keep stalemating, it won’t be long before they steal Christmas too.


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