Strike Updates: Stagehands Back to Work, WGA Continues
The 19-day stagehands strike that darkened most of Broadway is now over. Details of the settlement were not made public:
The NYT reports: "The strike, the first in the union’s 121-year history, darkened 31 theaters, shuttering 27 shows and one Duran Duran concert, which moved elsewhere. Eight shows remained open on Broadway in theaters that maintained separate contracts with the union, though a ninth — 'Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical' — was reopened Friday after a judge granted an injunction forcing the theater to let the show run. Broadway lost out on millions, posting ticket sales of $7.2 million for the two weeks that ended on Sunday. Last season, Broadway grossed $42 million for the two comparable weeks. The city comptroller’s office reported that the strike was costing the city $2 million a day, which would mean almost $40 million in lost revenue over the two and a half weeks of the strike."
On a lighter note, Comic Billy Eichner of New York's Creation Nation talks to New Yorkers about that strike.