Broadway lights stay dark during holiday

NEW YORK -- The stagehands strike against most Broadway producers in New York kept many  shows closed for a second week, but the union and producers were "talking about talking" again, according to the League of American Theaters and Producers. However, at press time, no date had been set to resume negotiations.

The strike had already cast a long shadow over the theater district by leaving more than two dozen houses dark over Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally a lucrative time for Broadway and the city's tourism in general.

However, the producers of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical," won an injunction to force the reopening of the show. According to a report from the Associated Press, an appeal was pending at press time, but if that failed, the show was to reopen on Nov. 23.

And the Nederlander Producing Co., which owns nine of the 27 affected theaters, sued the stagehands union, arguing the strike against their houses is illegal.

Meanwhile, eight Broadway shows went on. In addition, off-Broadway shows, nonprofit cultural organizations and special events such as the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" and Cirque du Soleil's "Wintuk" at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, were not affected by the strike.

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