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Band Shortage

The Gotham film industry may have ground to a halt, but the band is playing on. Recording studios are complaining about a sudden drain of available session talent, and they’re blaming two culprits: Liza Minnelli and “The Will Rogers Follies.”

“Everybody’s working for Liza,” complained the chief engineer at one Manhattan studio. “Between her and ‘Will Rogers,’ it’s hard to find people now.”

Another engineer joined in the griping: “It’s getting tough to round up the people I want. I was able to piece together a [horn] section, but it took some doing.”

Judy West, a spokeswoman for Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, cautioned that the dearth of players didn’t mean everybody’s working: “On the whole, musicians are working less and less.”

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