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NEW YORK, Nov 3, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- 'Twas the night before the opening of New York's Radio City Music Hall's annual holiday show and not a creature was stirring, because of a musicians' strike.

Radio City bosses have vowed its annual "Christmas Spectacular" would open as scheduled Thursday night with recorded music -- but they canceled Wednesday night's dress rehearsal to the dismay of 5,000 ticket holders, The New York Post reported Thursday.

It was unclear whether the Rockettes and other members of the 300-strong cast and crew would honor the musicians' picket lines, the Post said.

Members of the Broadway stagehands union walked out with the musicians, but it was not known if they, too, would stay away.

The main dispute between the musicians and Cablevision, owner of the Radio City, appears to be over salaries, but each side tells a different story, the Post said.

More than 1 million people see performances of the "Christmas Spectacular" each year.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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