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September 19, 2009

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If the members of Equity made the deal, I would be less "incensed" (though, to be honest, I don't think I was all that incensed. Some other folks decided that I was, apparently, because I used foul language). I would disagree with the decision, though, because it doesn't apparently mean that the producers have to take the current cast or make any concessions for them. So now, you can have a producer plan on doing this, moving a show to Broadway just for the Broadway press and award noms, then move it back, and not have to keep the cast, except at a pay cut. I think it's a slippery slope.

But, in this case, my real issue is with Equity making this deal, with, as far as the NY Times story says, without consulting or discussing it with the cast. Since they are the actors' unions, I think it's a bit unseemly to even appear to be in bed with the producers. Hence my big ol' F.U.

Thomas Garvey

Now exactly why, 99, would a producer enact the scenario you've laid out? To move to a smaller house early would mean the producer would forfeit the added profits (in absolute, perhaps not percentage terms) he or she could get from the Broadway house (and, of course, have to pay for the move). Sheesh.

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