NEW YORK (AP) - Negotiations continue on a new contract between
the actors' union and Broadway theater producers.
The old pact between Actors' Equity and the Broadway League,
which represents both producers and theater owners, expired at
Neither side wants a repeat of November's stagehands strike.
That walkout kept more than two dozen Broadway shows dark for 19
days. It cost producers and New York City millions in lost revenue.
Besides pension and health care benefits, one subject sure to be
discussed is the experimental touring program started after the
last contract talks in 2004.
Pay scales are higher for actors in such smash hits as
"Wicked" and "Jersey Boys" that can stay in cities for months
at a time. Lesser-known shows that usually play week-long stands
have a lower pay scale.