The good news: They’re still talking. The bad news: They’re still talking. After storming away from their respective sides of the table more than a week ago, the League of American Theatres and Producers and striking Local One, the union representing the striking stagehands, agreed to meet again on Sunday (Nov. 25), and hopes were high as the talks continued into the wee hours. Reports of a resolution were flying like wildfire around the Theater District, including at Angus McIndoe, a popular local eatery, where at one point the waitstaff shouted ”The strike is over!” and wondered whether they should open champagne. But at 7 a.m. this morning (Nov. 26), after an all-night negotiating session at the law firm of Proskauer Rose, the League and the Union decided to temporarily adjourn. ”We are closer than we were 12 hours ago,” Local One spokesman Bruce Cohen told reporters, ”but not close enough to have a deal.”
The strike, now entering its third week, has caused more than two dozen plays and musicals to shut down. (Eight shows, including Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein and Disney’s Mary Poppins, are still running due to special union contracts.) The biggest sticking point appears to be load-in — i.e. the number of stagehands required to physically load a show into a Broadway theater.
Talks will resume tonight at 7 p.m. In other words, don?t pop the cork on that champagne just yet.