A stagehand strike which started today shut down most of the Broadway shows. The union members of Local One, belonging to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, began picketing in the rain at 10 AM. News reports say 27 Broadway shows, including Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Lion King and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical were shuttered going in to the holiday season when most of these shows enjoy their best attendance. (Tourists accounted for about 65% of the 12.3 million tickets bought for NYC shows in the 2006-07 season, the largest % in the two decades.) The walkout over work rules took place after negotiations broke down with the League of American Theaters And Producers.
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