Talks to End Strike Flop on Broadway

Shows canceled through Thanksgiving; both sides glum
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2007 4:50 AM CST
The daughter of a Local One stagehand pickets outside Broadway theatres in New York, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007. With the prospect of lucrative Thanksgiving holiday grosses evaporating, Broadway's stagehands...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The lights of the Great White Way remain dark after talks to end the nine-day strike by Broadway stagehands broke off last night when producers abruptly walked out of negotiations. The 27 shows affected by the strike are now canceled through Nov. 25, costing Broadway the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The failed talks came as a "big disappointment" to producers, and the mood on the picket lines was dismal as well after one picketing stagehand died of a heart attack. At stake in the strike, which costs New York an estimated $17 million per day, is the number of stagehands required to run a Broadway show.