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Tentative deal reached to end Broadway strike

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  • Stagehands walked off the job on November 10
  • Dispute centered on how many stagehands needed for a Broadway show
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The lights of Broadway will shine brightly again after stagehands and producers reached a tentative agreement late Wednesday, ending a 19-day strike.

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League of American Theaters and Producers Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin calls the contract "a good compromise."

"The contract is a good compromise that serves our industry," said League of American Theaters and Producers Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin. "We look forward to celebrating the season and welcoming our talented stagehands, and the theatergoing public, back to Broadway."

Shuttered Broadway performances were scheduled to resume Thursday night.

"The people of Broadway are looking forward to returning to work, giving the theater-going public the joy of Broadway, the greatest entertainment in the world," said International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local One President James J. Claffey, Jr.

The stagehands walked off the job on November 10, two days after talks ended, shuttering 26 of the 35 shows on Broadway. Talks resumed a few days later, but fell apart again on November 18 before resuming once more Sunday.

The union represents 3,000 property persons, stage and studio electricians, set carpenters, sound designers, audio technicians, moving-light operators, riggers and special effects people in New York.

The contract dispute centered around how many stagehands are required to open a Broadway show and keep it running. Currently, four stagehands are required for both a play and a musical. The producers want to be allowed to hire fewer if four are not necessary. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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