Most of Broadway to remain dark over Thanksgiving weekend

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As the stagehands' strike against most Broadway producers in New York was about to move into its third week, the union and producers were "talking about talking" again, according to the League of American Theaters and Producers. However, no date had been set to resume negotiations.

In one bright piece of news, a judge ordered Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, to reopen. Producers of the show had brought suit against the theater owner, Jujamcyn Theaters. The judge favored the producers based on unique provisions in their contract with Jujamcyn.

The theater company filed an appeal, but if the appeal fails, the show will reopen Friday morning.

The strike has otherwise cast a long shadow over the theater district by leaving more than two dozen houses dark for Thanksgiving, traditionally a big weekend for the entertainment industry and the citys tourism in general.

Also, as the off-stage drama rolled out, a couple of sideshows opened in the courts. The Nederlander Producing Company, which owns nine of the 27 affected theaters, sued the stagehands' union, arguing the strike against their houses is illegal.

Meanwhile, eight Broadway shows are unaffected: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Cymbeline," "Mary Poppins," "Mauritius," "Pygmalion," "The Ritz," "Xanadu" and "Young Frankenstein." In addition, Off-Broadway shows, nonprofit cultural organizations and special events, such as the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and Cirque du Soleil, are not affected by the strike.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Nadine Godwin at [email protected].

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