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Monday, November 19, 2007

Uh Oh...

Thanksgiving has been canceled.

On Broadway, at least.

Those last minute "nick of time" talks this weekend that were to rescue what's left of the holiday season...Well, they didn't go too well. Walking out of the Westin Hotel last night after 9pm, both sides implied nothing had changed. Even though new offers were made in both directions.

So the League--lest more tourists be "disappointed"--has gone ahead and canceled all affected shows straight through next weekend, assuming no one will want to negotiate over the holiday.

Unbeknownst to them, though, The Grinch has broken from the pack (those hucksters from Whoville) and made a separate peace!

The union has ordered that the picket line come down for “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” which is playing at the St. James Theater, said James Sanna, one of the show’s producers.

“Grinch,” which runs on an unusual 12-performances-a-week schedule, had negotiated a special arrangement with Local 1 last year, said Mr. Sanna, who argued that arrangement put it outside the current negotiations. Mr. Sanna, who is not a member of the league, said he expected the show to be up and running for the Tuesday evening performance.

The league said last night that it had not been informed of the decision to reopen “Grinch.”

Yeah, you heard that right: 12 shows a week. Ironic that perhaps the most union-unfriendly show gets the break! (I linked to their loopholes regarding around this time last year.)

Get ready for the Long Hard Slog of the Great White Way...

CORRECTION: In my haste to post I forgot to link to the Times article I quoted from. Apologies.

1 comment:

FiftyNinth said...

I've been told that Jujamcyn is locking out THE GRINCH.