Broadway's Dark Tonight
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That little-known writersâ€™ strike thatâ€™s
plaguing your daily TV-watching habits and disrupting late-night viewings
of Letterman, Leno and the like is catching. On Nov. 10, the curtains
dropped over Broadway as its stagehands said â€śno more!â€ť As a result,
27 shows are currently closed.
Since contracts expired in July, the
largest stagehandsâ€™ union, Local One, and the League of American Theaters
and Producers have been at odds. Broadwayâ€™s last blackout was in 2003
when its musicians went on strike, but it ended after just four days.
The present strike â€“ which affects shows such as The Lion King,
Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q
and holiday favorite How the Grinch Stole Christmas,
which opened the day the madness began â€“ is predicted to cost New
York $17 million a day and will likely last through the holiday season,
Broadwayâ€™s busiest time of the year.
Shows not affected by the strike include Mary Poppins, Mauritius, Pygmalion, Young Frankstein and Radio City Music Hallâ€™s Christmas Spectacular. Ticket holders will receive full refunds.