National Tour of Oklahoma! Expected To Be Non-Equity

News   National Tour of Oklahoma! Expected To Be Non-Equity After the Cameron Mackintosh-National Theatre revival of Oklahoma! closes on Broadway Feb. 23, less than a year after opening and earning a Best Revival Tony Award nomination, a non-union national tour will go out, the New York Times reported.

The Times said Alan Eisenberg, the executive director of Actors' Equity, confirmed that the union had been in talks with Networks Presentations about a national tour, and that the national tour was expected to non-Equity.

Eisenberg told the Times Mackintosh had approached the union about producing an Actors' Equity-affiliated tour, with some concessions from the union, but negotiations failed last fall.

The Times said Networks plans to tour a production billed as "an adaptation" of the Broadway version.

A national tour spokesman said there is nothing official to announce at this time, and that Networks chief Ken Gentry was indeed still in negotiations; the paper stated that Gentry would talk with Equity again.

The touring production has been announced for at least one market: Denver's Buell Theatre will host the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Dec. 14, 2003-Jan. 3, 2004. Equity granted concessions to the current national tour of 42nd Street and the tour is perceived as a road smash that could have still made money for the producers and paid its company top dollar.

Equity is still smarting after the national tour of The Music Man went out without an Equity deal.