November 10, 2007

Strike Closes Jersey Boys!

November 10th, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: Jersey Boys Broadway performances will be canceled TODAY, Saturday November 10 due to a strike by Local One, the IATSE stagehands.

The union has called a meeting for 9 AM ET, according to Local One’s official website. The strike, AP reports, will begin at 11 AM, in time to close an early matinee of the return engagement of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – The Musical at the St. James Theatre.

In addition to Jersey Boys, the following Broadway shows are canceled for all performances on Saturday, November 10: A Bronx Tale, A Chorus Line, August: Osage County, Avenue Q, Chicago, Curtains, Cyrano de Bergerac, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Duran Duran: Red Carpet Massacre, Grease, Hairspray, Is He Dead?, Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, Rent, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Spamalot, Spring Awakening, The Color Purple, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Farnsworth Invention, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, The Phantom of the Opera, The Seafarer and Wicked.

All Off-Broadway shows and several Broadway productions, including Cymbeline, Mary Poppins, Mauritius, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Ritz, Xanadu and Young Frankenstein will perform as planned according to their normal schedules.


  1. That is very sad news. I just can’t imagine the disappointment of those who bought tickets & made travel plans and then did NOT get to see the show:( Hope this doesn’t last long!

    Comment by LuluThompson — November 10, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

  2. I am crying my eyes out. I’m flying from CA to NY on Wed just to see JLY and JB. Will the JB stars be at the stage door or available anywhere at the theater for pictures or autographs even if the strike is still on? There won’t be another opportunity to see JLY in the role. The only way I can even try to describe it is heartbreaking that this opportunity has been taken away from the public.

    Comment by NYJBfan — November 12, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

  3. Actors have to sign in as if the show were still going on, so you may be able to meet them before what would be curtain time.

    Comment by Leanna — November 12, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

  4. I also hope that the strike does not last long either. If there is any indication that stars have to report, it looked like the stars of two other “dark” musicals, the Grinch and Spamalot, showed up to their theatres and greeted the masses while supporting their stagehands.

    Comment by Mike B. Magbaleta — November 12, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

  5. For the NYJBfan, the cast does have to sign in a half hour before the scheduled performance would begin. I happened to see JLY briefly this past Saturday night before he entered the theater. I also have tickets to see the show with a friend this Wednesday night, and I know everyone feels disappointed in missing the opportunity to see JLY perform before he leaves.

    Comment by Beverley Micciche — November 12, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

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