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Monday, November 16, 2009

Tony n' Tina's Arbitration

Ever wonder how Tony n' Tina's Wedding can run so long?

A labor dispute centered on long-running Off Broadway tuner "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" is heating up, with musicians union Local 802 claiming that the show's new producers did not come to the negotiating table at a meeting skedded for Monday afternoon.

Kim Ricciardi,who produces the Gotham outpost of "Tony" with her husband, Sonny, responded by saying that such a meeting had never been set. The Ricciardis took over last month as producers of the tuner, which has been running Off Broadway since 1988. Production currently plays one night per week in the basement of the midtown restaurant Sophia's.

The union contends the producers locked out the musicians beginning with the Oct. 17 performance, replacing them with recorded music.
Are the Tony n' Tina's actors even unionized?

1 comment:

Brian said...

I have a friend who has been in the show for a long time, and he is union... so I assume the rest of the actors are.