LIGHTS GO OUT ON BROADWAY
by Angela Montefinise
Thousands of Broadway stagehands walked off the job today, leaving 26 theaters in the dark and thousands of ticket holders disappointed.
Stagehand union Local 1 decided to go on strike after three months of heated negotiations with producers and theater owners over wages and hiring practices.
Although four musicals will go on as planned – including "Mary Poppins" and "Young Frankenstein" – the curtain will remain closed on most Broadway performances.
The League of American Theaters and Producers said all ticketholders will be reimbursed during the strike, which could last for days or even weeks.