Irene, you're absolutely right--we really don't want to bombard JLY with questions on the 21st or make him feel bad if indeed he has chosen to move on. He reads the Blog and knows how much support he has, and Gary and Catherine, I agree, he may still be negotiating. (And yeah, Gary, those town cars are preferable to the subways!!)
I saw Christian several times during the Pal Joey speculation and was very careful not to pose any direct questions or offer my opinion unless asked. And for the longest time, I thought Christian would be leaving in October, and now he's staying to the delight of us all.
I am not an insider by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have two friends who are Broadway producers, and I am an investor (very small%, but very much hands-on) in one of their shows, so I know a little about contracts. And believe me, as Yogi Berra says, "it ain't over 'til it's over."
Finally, it's not the norm, but performers do leave shows, try other options, and then return permanently. Take Howard McGillin of "Phantom of the Opera". I may be off on timing, but he was in "Phantom" for maybe four years, left for two, and now is back for two, with no end in sight. And we do have JLY/Jersey Boys revivals to look forward to for the next thirty or so years, ala Carol Channing in "Hello Dolly" or Angela Lansbury in "Mame."