Strike intermission ends; Broadway shows open

The lights of Broadway will shine brightly again after stagehands and producers reached a tentative agreement Wednesday evening, ending a 19-day strike.

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

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg cheered the news of a settlement.

"Tonight's announcement of a tentative agreement between the Broadway stagehands and theater producers is great news not just for everyone who earns their living on or around Broadway, but for everyone who lives in, works in, or visits New York City," Bloomberg said.

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

The contract dispute centered on 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.