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November 27, 2007 - Phyllis Sigal
Looks like "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas" got another happy piece of news.

After a judge last week granted permission for the show to go on — despite the strike by the stagehands union — those who owned the theater appealed the decision. However, on Sunday, the owners told producers that the show could remain open for its scheduled run through the holidays.

Bad news for the other Broadway shows affected by the strike by the stagehands union, however, when talks ended after 13 hours of negotiations with no deal. No new talks are scheduled at this point.

It was Nov. 10 when the union struck, just one day after opening night for "The Grinch," which features homegrown actor Aaron Galligan-Stierle as Papa Who.

In an email to Aaron, I asked him if he wanted to comment on the situation. His response:

"Sorry it has taken me awhile to get back to you ... between the strike, the holidays and eight shows in the last two days, it has been pretty crazy.

"As for the strike, the cast and crew couldn't be happier about our ability to return to work. We love doing our show very much and are so pleased to be able to share it with our incredibly supportive audiences, especially the kids. 'Re-opening' was a wonderful experience ... we certainly can't beat the publicity we got out of this ... I think we had more news crews and photographers there for our 're-opening' than our real opening night.

"We also sincerely hope that the dispute between the producers and the rest of Broadway is rapidly resolved. Many of our friends and family are being affected by the continued strike and we hope for a quick resolution."

I agree. And for all the visitors to the city hoping to catch a show on Broadway, I hope for their sake the strike is resolved soon. The New York Times is quoted as saying the strike has cost the city $2 million a day in lost revenues, according to the city's comptroller's office. Sounds like for the sake of the city, the strike needs to be settled, as well.


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