Photo of striking Spamalot stagehands.  AP Photo / November 14, 2007; source: Newsday

This well-written article (by American Creative Dance’s Nancy Van Ness) presents the strikers’ perspective on the stagehands’ strike. The web of corporate interests on Broadway, which the author clearly did a lot of research about, is fascinating.

This New York Times article (by Campbell Robertson) explores the show biz alternatives that the sometimes bewildered audiences are turning to. Though the article provides an interesting slice of life, it hardly touches on why the stagehands are striking. I wish the author– who mentioned theater and opera– had thought to find out whether more audiences were turning out for dance performances.

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