Show Business: Offkey Broadway

Diners could have swung a baseball bat in Sardi's last week and never hit a waiter—or another customer. Broadway's most celebrated restaurant, like many of its competitors, was nearly empty. More than half of its staff was laid off. After ten days of negotiations with the League of New York Theaters and Producers over a new contract, the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 had called the theater musicians out on strike. The timing was metronomic. As Broadway was gearing up for what promised to be its biggest season in ten years, nine...

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