Producers and stagehands in New York have reached a tentative agreement to end their strike, and head back to the stage immediately. Two dozen plays and musicals have been shut down on Broadway for more than two weeks.
The settlement was reached after two days of marathon, all-night sessions and months of negotiations between Local 1 and the League of American Theatres and Producers. The walkout began November 10th and has taken a big bite out of the Big Apple. If the deal is approved, most shows will hit the stage tonight.
Charlotte St. Martin, the League's director, says "the deal is a good compromise that serves our industry."
Most of the talks focused on how many stagehands are required to open a show on Broadway, and keep it running. Their important jobs include moving scenery, lights and sound systems, and installing the set, making sure it works. Renewed efforts to end the strike started after the normally lucrative Thanksgiving holiday week.