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Why Won't Broadway Recognize This Union?

May 26, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

B'way casting directors need a contract.

New York, NY - Broadway casting directors fighting for a fair contract since 2016 as members of Teamsters Local 817, say that the refusal of producers to sit down with them at the bargaining table is both unfair and threatens to undermine the very diversity that has helped the theater industry rake in a whopping $1.5 billion in gross revenues this past season alone. 

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Agreement With Uptown Productions

May 25, 2017 
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress USA

Los Angeles, CA - SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with Uptown Productions that covers production of Nickelodeon exhibition programs. The new four-year agreement was reached on May 3 following negotiations that began on December 6, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Field of Dreams on Staten Island

May 16, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Construction has begun on the new Joseph A. Verdino, Jr. Grandstand at the South Shore Little League in Staten Island.  The grandstand, which will open next spring, is named for Joseph A. Verdino, Jr., a South Shore Little League player who passed away in 2007. He was 10 years old.

Met Orchestra Honors U.S Veterans With Concert

May 8, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

Brooklyn, NY -  On May 1st Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined the MET Orchestra—the world-renowned musicians of the Metropolitan Opera—in honoring U.S. military veterans at a concert by the ensemble at the Veterans Affairs NY Harbor Healthcare System Brooklyn Campus.

Last-Minute Deal Averts Screenwriters’ Strike

May 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - After late-night talks May 1, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers agreed on a tentative three-year contract just before the union’s strike deadline.

Drama Desk President: NYC Theater is "Hopping"

May 6, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

Charles Wright (c) with Javier Muñoz and Laura Benanti.

New York, NY - Playwright Robert Anderson famously once said, “You can make a killing in the theater, but not a living.” Drama Desk President Charles Wright, however, says that while that observation may still hold true — today’s theatrical industry is “hopping.” 

GM Credits Workers With Giving Revived Hudson Theatre the Best of B'way

May 6, 2017
By Silver Krieger

Inside the revived Hudson Theatre.

New York, NY – The Hudson Theatre, located just off Times Square on 44th Street, has a storied history stretching all the way back to its glorious debut in 1903. After going through some hard times, the venerable old venue reemerged this past February following an extensive, multi-million-dollar restoration effort. LaborPress recently sat down with Hudson Theatre General Manager Eric Paris to learn more about the playhouse’s intriguing century-long odyssey, and how it is now helping to make the lights on Broadway shine brighter than ever.

Review of “Bandstand”

May 6, 2017 
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick LaborPress Entertainment Editor

The Musical Swings and is Hot

“Bandstand” is a wonderful musical production which first played the Paper Mill Playhouse. The show is somewhat like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musicals in” let’s put on a show”. 

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