Actors' Equity, Not AGMA, to Reign Over Upcoming Broadway Musical Jerry Springer — The Opera

News   Actors' Equity, Not AGMA, to Reign Over Upcoming Broadway Musical Jerry Springer — The Opera
 
Actors' Equity Association will have jurisdiction over the upcoming Broadway musical Jerry Springer — The Opera when it reaches The States.

The broad stage comedy centering around the infamous politico-turned-talk show host enjoyed a hit world premiere run at London's National Theatre and has transferred to the West End's Cambridge Theatre. It will play a pre-Broadway run at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre in the spring of 2005 then reach New York in the fall. The union has been awarded jurisdiction over the upcoming Broadway production by the Associated Actors and Artistes of America — the performing arts branch of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The ruling came from an agreement between the two branches — Actors' Equity Association (which handles most Broadway shows) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (which handles opera, dance and choral stageshows) — and a decision that none of the roles in the show, with one possible exception, would be considered operatic.

AEA currently reigns over all Broadway shows and share jurisdiction with AGMA over Movin' Out. AGMA recently presided over the Broadway production of Baz Luhrman's La Bohème. The two branches previously battled for Movin' Out before a February 2004 "crossover" production agreement which allows both unions to oversee shows that employ members of both unions.

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