Broadway actors, producers agree on a four-year contract

July 13, 2004|By Mary Carole McCauley and J. Wynn Rousuck

Broadway producers and actors reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract yesterday, narrowly averting what would have been the second strike in less than 18 months.

"The contract will serve our industry and theatergoers well, keeping Broadway strong in New York and creating more opportunities on the road," said a joint statement released by the Actors' Equity Association and the League of American Theatres and Producers.

Details of the tentative agreement were not immediately available. The actors have been working without a contract since their previous agreement expired June 27.

Motivation to reach a settlement was high; a four-day walkout in March last year by stage musicians cost the industry an estimated $5.7 million.

The immediate impact, however, on Baltimore would have been slight. The only area show in danger of cancellation was the touring version of The Producers, currently running at Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Kennedy Center officials had forestalled a threat to The Glass Menagerie by reaching a separate agreement with Actors' Equity. That show, part of the "Tennessee Williams Explored" festival, begins performances Saturday and stars Sally Field.

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