Now Carnegie Hall has been hit by a Teamsters strike on opening night.
The strike will generate little public support. Some of the Teamster stagehands earn half a million dollars a year for doing nothing more expert or exerting than moving a few bits of furniture, but there’s not much Carnegie can do.
Any attempt to rationalise costs produces a union threat to shut down Broadway.
This is not a fight that Carnegie chief Clive Gillinson can afford to lose.
The next few days are going to involve some very tough talking.