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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:

StagehandThe 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."

The WGA writer's strike continues.

On a lighter note, Comic Billy Eichner of New York's Creation Nation talks to New Yorkers about that strike.

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  1. At last we can get back to critiques of these plays by Mr. Sessums. I need some T's out of a possible 4 T's please.

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 29, 2007 9:20:12 AM

  2. this guy sucks. he's not witty; he's not a good improviser; and making fun of the people he talks to is low low low and more annoying than funny. PLEASE keep him off Towleroad, which is always a source of great info.

    Posted by: paul | Nov 29, 2007 9:55:04 AM

  3. That was a truly awful video... that guy was abrasive, rude and not funny at all. Plus, is he making fun of the strike? If he is, I don't think he'll make many friends in the creative community.

    Posted by: Adam | Nov 29, 2007 10:54:49 AM

  4. Gotta agree with Paul. Except for "Candice Bergen is taking a nap!" this was not funny at all.

    Posted by: Gregg | Nov 29, 2007 10:57:50 AM

  5. ugh! not clever, not funny, and very annoying. please dont give him the rest of his 15 minutes of internet fame.

    Posted by: Scott | Nov 29, 2007 3:18:47 PM

  6. are you people crazy? billy eichner is a comic genius! have you seen Creation Nation?? fools!

    Posted by: john knight | Nov 29, 2007 3:46:21 PM

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