Local 802, producers in riff

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. In Local 802′s side of the story, the producers are bound by a labor contract that was struck with the old producers, a deal that does not expire until 2011.

Kim Ricciardi said their deal to produce “Tony” is with the worldwide rights holder and not the most recent producers of the show, arguing that the old 802 contract is therefore not binding.

Both sides separately said they are willing to talk, but each painted the other as unresponsive.

The union — the org that once briefly shut down Broadway by calling a strike in 2003 — has organized two demonstrations outside of Sophia’s, one last month and one on Saturday. Last month Local 802 filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

The current deadlock sees the union waiting to move forward with the NLRB complaint while the producers consult their lawyer in an effort to resolve the situation.

Both sides separately said they are willing to talk, but each painted the other as unresponsive.

The union — the org that once briefly shut down Broadway by calling a strike in 2003 — has organized two demonstrations outside of Sophia’s, one last month and one on Saturday. Last month Local 802 filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

The current deadlock sees the union waiting to move forward with the NLRB complaint while the producers consult their lawyer in an effort to resolve the situation.

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