Labor negotiations between Broadway actors and theater producers broke off early Saturday, but shows were scheduled to continue through the weekend, a union spokeswoman said.
Talks stalled just before 1 a.m. after the Actors' Equity Association presented its final offer and the League of American Theatres and Producers did not accept it, said Maria Somma, spokeswoman for Actors' Equity.
The parties did not schedule a new meeting, but Equity's council, the governing body of the union representing about 45,000 theater actors and stage managers, called a special meeting for Monday, Somma said. Any strike would have to be approved by the council.
League spokeswoman Kelly Sullivan did not immediately return a call for comment Saturday.
The actors' contract expired June 27. Talks broke down over key issues such as nonunion tours of Broadway shows, health care costs and worker safety.
Although union road companies still dominate in tours of Broadway shows, the number of cheaper nonunion tours has grown, including the current road companies for "Oliver!" and "Oklahoma!" Many union actors fear their jobs will be given to younger, less experienced actors who have never worked on a Broadway stage.
In March 2003, more than a dozen Broadway musicals shut down for four days after the musicians' union walked out, resulting in lost theater revenue estimated at more than $5 million.