Thursday, November 29, 2007

Broadway Is Back

The Broadway producers and stagehands union have a tentative deal.

“Performance for all shows will begin tomorrow night,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The League of American Theaters and Producers.

“The agreement is a good compromise that serves our industry,” St. Martin said.

Negotiations resumed on Sunday and have continued in recent days between the theaters and producers and stagehands Local 1 after talks broke down on November 18, leaving 26 theaters dark through the lucrative Thanksgiving Week.

Most Broadway theaters have been dark for more than two weeks after stagehands went out on strike on November 10. Some two dozen Broadway shows have been suspended including “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” “Chicago” and “Avenue Q.” Eight shows, including “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” have remained open because they have separate contracts with the league.

That’s good.

In related news, my pal John Lloyd Young has ended his run in Jersey Boys after over two years and a Tony for playing Frankie Valli. He’s taking a well-deserved break, but I hope to meet up with him again at the 2008 William Inge Theatre Festival in April, where the honoree will be Christopher Durang (Beyond Therapy, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You).