Charge alleges club used 'coercive tactics'
The fur is flying over the Rat Pack.
Actors’ Equity has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Gotham’s Supper Club, the midtown venue that briefly hosted an aborted production of “The Rat Pack Is Back!”
Equity alleged in a statement that “discrimination” and “coercive tactics” were employed by the Supper Club when it refused to allow “Rat Pack” to continue performances because its actors were repped by the union.
The Frank, Dean and Sammy tribute, co-written, produced and with a special appearance by David Cassidy, closed Dec. 12 before it opened, citing “unforeseen and irreconcilable circumstances on both artistic and managerial levels.”
Show was replaced at the Supper Club by the non-union production “Frank, Dean & Sammy, Live in Concert,” now running.
Supper Club owner Martin Thesing responded in a statement, “The Supper Club is a completely non-union house and therefore never had any contracts whatsoever with any of the actors.”
A hearing will likely not be scheduled for more than a month, an Equity spokesman said.