While the unique - and singularly non-unionized - Broadway show Blast! continues to draw crowds at the Broadway Theatre, officials at Musicians Local 802 reviewed compensation information today concerning the show's musicians.
That information was provided to the union by the Dodgers organization, co- producers of the show. Local 802 president Bill Moriarity told Playbill On- Line that while there is work to be done on various issues, he is optimistic about settling the union status of Blast!.
"As we see it," Moriarity said, "the musicians playing music in the show are covered by collective bargaining agreement." Moriarity said that while it is unfortunate that the employer of the musicians is the Star of Indiana, which runs a "drum and bugle corp," the producers of the show, the Shuberts and the Dodgers are signatories to the musicians' union contract.
Local 802 executives spent April 13 going over the compensation information as part of seeking a resolution to the labor dispute. Moriarity does not believe that the situation need escalate. "I think nobody wants the consequences of the show not being union," Moriarity said. "Nobody wants a picket line in front of a Broadway theatre."
Local 802 continues talks with both the Shuberts and the Dodgers concerning Blast. "I'm hopeful," Moriarity said, "and if everyone is reasonable we'll get this thing resolved."