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11pm Strike Update: Hope on the Horizon

New York local TV news stations are all reporting that there's "hope on the horizon"...and that horizon could come as early as tomorrow morning. Bruce Cohen (Local One Spokesperson) went live before cameras tonight, saying that both sides are working very hard and very honestly with no outside mediation. Happily, after two weeks, it seems that there may be a glimmer of hope and both sides are absolutely agreed on and share one common goal - and that is to END THE STRIKE.

There are reports that both sides have open spreadsheets in front of them and that the union showed up 25 strong. Let's hope that the "number crunching" can put everybody back to work ASAP.

As of this filing, they are prepared to work into the night. We will keep you updated the minute that we receive any news.

After meeting last weekend (November 17 & 18) for nearly 24-hours of negotiations between The League and Local One, efforts to put Broadway back on its feet failed. Talks came to a close with no resolution and it seems shows are in for the long-haul. After a week of no talks, the two parties returned to the table Sunday November 25.

The strike effectively closed 27 Broadway theatres and sent theatre-goers and members of the Broadway community into confusion and frustration.  Businesses throughout the Times Square / Theatre District area are feeling the impact of the strike with reduced traffic to bars, restaurants and other venues.

The list of open shows on Broadway recently bounced from eight to nine after How The Grinch Stole Christmas won its case in court, and officially reopened its limited holiday engagement on Friday, November 23 at 11AM at the St. James Theatre.  How The Grinch Stole Christmas staged a whopping 11-performances this holiday weekend. It is unclear if the production will continue into next week (November 26).

At 10AM on Saturday, November 10 the Theatrical Stage Employees Union/Local One went on strike, shutting down nearly all of Broadway. The decision to walk off the job came after negotiations stalled between Theatrical Stage Employees Union/Local One and the League of American Theatres and Producers.

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