The flurry of activity to activate the shows after almost three weeks in the dark came the morning after the league representing Broadway’s theater owners and producers and the union representing its stagehands announced a settlement last night. The strike had disrupted the plans of thousands of theatergoers and cost the city tens of millions of dollars in lost revenues.
The strike, the first in the union’s 121-year history, darkened 31 theaters, shuttering 27 shows and one Duran Duran concert, which moved elsewhere. Eight shows remained open on Broadway in theaters that maintained separate contracts with the union, though a ninth “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” was reopened Friday after a judge granted an injunction forcing the theater to let the show run.
Broadway lost out on millions, posting ticket sales of $7.2 million for the two weeks that ended on Sunday. Last season, Broadway grossed $42 million for the two comparable weeks.
The city comptroller’s office reported that the strike was costing the city $2 million a day, which would mean almost $40 million in lost revenue over the two and a half weeks of the strike. [NYTimes.com]