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November 10, 2007

Breaking News: Broadway to darken as stagehands strike

BREAKING NEWS- The bright lights of Broadway are expected to black out on Saturday as stagehands have walked off the job.

The first show to be affected as the news broke Saturday morning would be the matinee performance of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Here is an UNOFFICIAL list of shows that could be affected by the strike:

  • August: Osage County
  • Avenue Q
  • A Bronx Tale
  • Chicago
  • A Chorus Line
  • The Color Purple
  • Curtains
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Drowsy Chaperone
  • The Farnsworth Invention
  • Grease
  • Hairspray
  • Is He Dead?
  • Jersey Boys
  • Legally Blonde
  • Les Miserables
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Mamma Mia
  • Spamalot
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Rent
  • Rock n' Roll
  • The Seafarer
  • Wicked

The League of American Theatres and Producers says that in the event of a strike, ticket holders can exchange their tickets or receive a full refund.  

The stagehands union, Local One, says it made a last attempt at negotiations with the League of American Theatres and Producers, but could not reach an agreement.

The major sticking point has been the number of stagehands required to work each show. The League wants for more flexibility in terms of hiring them. But the union says it will not give up job protection.

If Hollywood is without their writers and Broadway is without their stagehands.  What are we going to do for entertainment??

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