B'way League, Equity seal deal

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Actors' Equity Assn. and the Broadway League have agreed to terms for a new contract covering shows on the Main Stem and national tours. The talks, which ended Wednesday, concluded two months of quiet negotiations that nevertheless required two days beyond the previous deal's expiration date.

"Together, actors and producers worked tirelessly to craft an agreement that grows our business and takes care of our community and our audiences," said John Connolly, Equity's executive director. Added Charlotte St. Martin, the League's executive director: "The collaborative spirit that prevailed throughout the talks allowed both sides to present their issues, understand the others' concerns and negotiate a new contract that serves the industry and the theatergoing public."

The contract runs for 39 months, or "three 13-month years." It has to be reviewed by the ruling Equity Council and voted on by members who have worked under the contract since 2000.

Andrew Salomon is news editor at Back Stage.
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