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New York City ‘Can’t Rebound Without’ Broadway And Broadway’s ‘Road Back Is Uncertain’ – The American Federation Of Musicians Tells New York State That There ‘Should Be No Restrictions’ On Ticketed Or Advertised Shows

Published Monday, September 14, 2020
by The Washington Post & AFM Local 802
New York City ‘Can’t Rebound Without’ Broadway And Broadway’s ‘Road Back Is Uncertain’ – The American Federation Of Musicians Tells New York State That There ‘Should Be No Restrictions’ On Ticketed Or Advertised Shows

(NEW YORK CITY) - For months now, Thomas Schumacher's dining room table has been taken over by a master list of every Broadway show that's seeking to reopen or schedule an opening night - from the established "The Lion King" to the new "Diana: A True Musical Story."

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic-related shutdowns, the Disney Theatrical Group President and his colleagues have been working through various scenarios to get New York Theater back on its feet - but a half-year into an ongoing human tragedy and economic calamity that has drained the cultural lifeblood of the city, neither Schumacher, who is also Chairman of the Broadway League Trade Group, nor anyone else knows for sure when the Nation’s premier performing arts district will start up again.

The earliest estimates for some of New York’s concert halls and theaters to resume are Spring 2021.

A few new productions, such as “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman and “Plaza Suite” with Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, have announced early Spring beginnings on Broadway.

Even so, those involved in the planning say privately that it could be Autumn 2021 before venues reopen.

Meanwhile, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802 released the following statement:

We are currently meeting with state and local officials to make our position known: As New York City continues to re-open, there should be no restrictions on ticketed or advertised shows.

We can create safe workplaces for our Musicians without threatening their work.

Finally, if you are hired for any kind of music work right now, please remember two things.

The first is that your employer is responsible for your safety.

The second thing to remember is that we strongly encourage every Musician to file a Local 802 Union contract for every gig you do.

This matters now more than ever.

Local 802 can help protect your wages, benefits, and - most of all - your safety.

Our goal is to get our Members back to work as quickly and as safely as possible.

Entertainment and culture are the engines that makes New York City work.

We need to get those engines up and running without any false starts, delays or breakdowns.

This while science and government grapple with understanding COVID-19’s patterns and devastating impacts, Arts Leaders here - as elsewhere - have had to build and rebuild safety plans for both Arts Workers and audiences.

At the city’s pace-setting institutions - the 41 theaters of Broadway, the campus of Lincoln Center, the dance and music and other performance spaces of downtown and the outer boroughs - dates for reopening have been set and then pushed back, as the logistical questions evolve and multiply.

The task has proved far more daunting than anyone could have imagined, amounting to a struggle of wrenchingly complex proportions with no reliable end in sight.

And at this point, though, Broadway - the ultimate land of make-believe - is holding on to a hope that early 2021 is still feasible.

To Continue Reading This Labor News Story, Go To: www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/new-york-city-cant-rebound-without-broadway-and-broadways-road-back-is-uncertain/2020/09/07/f3933444-e939-11ea-970a-64c73a1c2392_story.html?link_id=18&can_id=d28a0e75022b91d73fc95bc86b686390&source=email-union-matters-september-4-2020&email_referrer=email_918187&email_subject=union-matters-september-11-2020

And For More, Go To: www.local802afm.org/2020/08/nyc-reopening/?link_id=12&can_id=d28a0e75022b91d73fc95bc86b686390&source=email-union-matters-august-28-2020&email_referrer=email_911643&email_subject=union-matters-september-4-2020

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