BroadwayWorld Strike Coverage: On the Street (Updated)
The range of opinions on the strike from affected tourists, Broadway actors and crew, and New Yorkers ranged from disappointed, to understanding, to angry, to humorous. Here's a brief sampling of what BroadwayWorld.com heard on the street (with more to come).
THE CASTS AND CREW
Moses, a musician from Wicked-
"It's a drag and it's terrible for the kids and for all out-of-towners
that come in. You get to town, you get the hotel and you can't believe
that the show is closed. The union's been in existence for 125 years,
it's the oldest union on Broadway. I said to the guys - you've never
had a strike! The actors had and the musicians have, but they haven't
until now. There's been warnings about it to the general public, but no
real warnings. I think that they're doing what they have to do, but am
disappointed about the whole situation."
Cast member of The Lion King - "It's our 10th Anniversary, and I'm upset about that. We were rehearsing a long time, and cleaning and preparing. It's just kind of disappointing that our show is not going to happen..."
Cast member of The Lion King - "Truth be told, it's a hard call. You have to understand the producers' side and the stagehands' side. These are the guys who are there for us. You have to be on their side on some level. But I also understand that the producers are the ones going back and forth. But let's think about the people who are coming into the city to see a show, and they won't get a chance to. That's the sad part. They've been talking about the strike for a long time. Now that it's on, let's get it over with."
Deidre Goodwin of A Chorus Line - "It's bigger than just this one contract. I think it's important for the future of theatre in-general. There's bigger issues. We don't know the full things everyone is negotiating for and we just want to support them and hope that it gets resolved soon so we can all go back to work and do what we love doing."
Natalie Cortez of A Chorus Line - "We're just going to be here every half-hour and hope that something happens; somebody starts talking. I really feel they waited as long as they possibly could. These are really responsible workers and we love them, they take care of us very well, and they would never do something like this haphazardly. They have very good reasons to do this."
Mary Faber of Avenue Q - "We're here showing solidarity with our union brothers and sisters. We'll be here. We'll be here every day. I hope it gets resolved soon. Nobody wants to be out here in the cold! Nobody wants to see the kids sad and walking away."