The Night The Lights Went Out

  1. on Broadway......

    Broadways musicians are on strike in NYC. Producers were going to replace them with pre-recorded & computer-generated music during their strike & keep the shows going - and keep the musicians on strike, but Broadways actors and stage hands refused to cross the strike lines so the musicals had to be shut down. Now that business is affected, the producers will probably come to their senses & settle with the musicians a lot sooner than they would have. American Federation of Musicians Local 802 walked off the job at 12:01 a.m. yesterday, for the first time in 28 years, after contract talks deadlocked over the issue of downsizing minimum orchestra sizes. (kind of like our staffing ratios issue)
    Last edit by -jt on Mar 9, '03
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  3. by   frannybee
    I've played in pit orchestras and I know how hard they work for relatively little money - strangely remeniscent of nursing. By downsizing the pit, they put musicians out of work who really can't afford it. For a jobbing muso, a pit job is often the only regular work they have apart from teaching. It's already hard enough with shows who choose to use synthesizers and a drum kit instead of a band/orchestra. It's also insulting to the audience who come to see a show with a live band, not hear a bunch of synthetic or prerecorded sound bites from a set of speakers. [/rant]

    Sorry guys, I'm passionate about fair pay for nurses and job security for musicians. I'll hush now.