It isn’t over until the horn player votes.
Last week, the musicians union ratified its contract with the League of American Theaters & Producers. The Local 802 members of the American Federation of Musicians voted 394 in favor, 160 against.
By the numbers
The contract dispute was resolved March 11 after a four-day strike that closed 19 musicals on Broadway. The major point of contention was the minimum number of musicians required in theaters housing tuners.
When the dispute was resolved, the league and the union reported the highest minimums would be lowered from 26 to 19. The precise breakdown of minimums at theaters was not disclosed. Herewith is the new tally:
- The Broadway, Ford Center, Marquis, Minskoff, New Amsterdam and St. James have a minimum of 19 musicians. The minimums at these venues had been between 24 and 26 under the old contract, with the recently renovated Ford Center and New Amsterdam added to this list under the new pact.
- At the Gershwin, Imperial, Lunt-Fontanne, Majestic, Palace, Shubert and Winter Garden, minimums are down to 18 from either 25 or 24.
- Fourteen at the Martin Beck, Neil Simon and Richard Rodgers. Latter took the biggest cut: It had previously been set at 24 musicians. The Beck and Simon had been at 16 and 20, respectively.
- Twelve at the Broadhurst and Virginia, down three and four, respectively.
- The old minimum of nine remains in place at the Barrymore, Music Box and Plymouth.
- Eight at the Brooks Atkinson, Eugene O’Neill and Royale, down one at each theater.
- Four at the Longacre and Nederlander, a net loss of one per venue.
- The old minimum of three remains in place at the Ambassador, Belasco, Booth, Circle in the Square, Cort, Golden, Walter Kerr and Lyceum.
A special-situation clause allows producers to petition for a lower number of musicians.
The new minimums do not affect shows that preemed during or prior to the 2002-03 season and are still running on Broadway.