Three Broadway shows shuttered today. Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline, the holiday favorite How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the revival of Les Miserables all said goodbye to Broadway, ending limited runs that had already been extended past their original close dates.
The Radio City Christmas show has come and gone, and Christmas trees are being taken down all over, but there is still one holiday experience available on Broadway: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. This Broadway stage version of the beloved children’s book continues playing at the St. James Theater through this Sunday, January 6. So get your tickets while you can!
The producers of How the Grinch Stole Christmas were granted the injunction that they filed yesterday, and now Jujamcyn will have to open the doors of the St. James Theatre so that the musical can resume performances. Grinch will officially re-open on Broadway this Friday, November 23, just in time to snag those lucrative holiday weekend bucks.
But the courtroom drama isn’t over. Today the Nederlander Organization, owner of nine of the theaters currently shut down due to the strike, filed a suit against Local One. As with the Grinch situation, this lawsuit stems from the fact that the Nederlanders are under a different contract than the one currently in dispute. However, this situation is a bit more complicated because a) the Nederlander-Local One contract is also expired, and b) prior to the strike, the Nederlanders sent Local One a letter basically stating that they would be acting in solidarity with the other theater owners.
The Broadway stagehands strike goes on, but there has been drama at the St. James Theatre this week. The theater was scheduled to be temporary home to the holiday musical How the Grinch Stole Christmas when Local One began its strike on November 10. However, due to the fact that Local One negotiated a contract with Grinch earlier this year that is separate from the one currently under dispute, the union agreed to go back to work at the St. James so that the show could resume. Unfortunately, though, Jujamcyn Theatres is not cooperating, refusing to open the doors to the theater until Local One ends its strike entirely. The latest news is that Grinch‘s producer is going to court to seek an injunction to force the theater to open up. Stay tuned …
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – The Musical, which was a holiday season hit during its Broadway engagement last year, is coming to Broadway again this Christmas for a limited run at the St. James Theatre. The 90-minute show based on the beloved Dr. Seuss book will play a staggering 15 performances (rather than the traditional eight-show Broadway schedule) each week from November 1st to January 6th.