Broadway's Dark Tonight

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That little-known writers’ strike that’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 “no more!” As a result, 27 shows are currently closed. 

Since contracts expired in July, the largest stagehands’ union, Local One, and the League of American Theaters and Producers have been at odds. Broadway’s last blackout was in 2003 when its musicians went on strike, but it ended after just four days. The present strike – 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 – is predicted to cost New York $17 million a day and will likely last through the holiday season, Broadway’s busiest time of the year. 

Shows not affected by the strike include Mary Poppins, Mauritius, Pygmalion, Young Frankstein and Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular. Ticket holders will receive full refunds.

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