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Broadway Union Takes On ‘Priscilla’ Over Recorded Music – NYTimes.com

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – the Musical

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In a bid to protect jobs, the Broadway musicians’ union is waging an unusually aggressive, political-style campaign against the new musical “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” in hopes of undercutting the use of recorded music during live theatrical performances.

Still bruised over losing some guaranteed seats in orchestra pits during their 2003 contract negotiations with Broadway producers, leaders of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians have chosen to make an example of “Priscilla” by objecting to its employment of only nine musicians and use of some taped music. Union officials and the Broadway League, which represents producers, have chosen an arbitrator to consider the musicians’ complaint and are awaiting a date for the first meeting.

via Broadway Union Takes On ‘Priscilla’ Over Recorded Music – NYTimes.com.

Strange Random Theatre Quote:

From the start it has been the theatre’s business to entertain people … it needs no other passport than fun. – Bertolt Brecht, A Short Organum for the Theatre

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