This month, New York federal district court Judge Laura Taylor Swain gave what is expected to be her final substantive ruling on the dispute between Sketchworks Industrial Strength Comedy Inc. and the copyright owners of the musical Grease, which Sketchworks’ musical Vape parodies. In her ruling, Judge Swain held that Vape constitutes “fair use” ofContinue reading “Look at Me, I’m Parod-y”
As Broadway Grapples with Reopening and Bringing in PatronsSome Shows Also Confront Lawsuits from Actors Alleging Discrimination and Termination Due to Protected Classes Including Religion and Gender While Broadway is up and running, and trying to stay that way despite lacking tourists, new variants of Covid, and the financial challenges to Broadway recoupment present even inContinue reading “What Comes Next?”
On August 17, 2021, the Key to NYC program, which requires proof of vaccination for indoor activities in New York City, including attending theatrical and other performing arts events, went into effect. Under the program, individuals age 12 and older are required to show proof that they have received at least one dose of aContinue reading “Ring of Keys: NYC’s Proof of Vaccination Program”
In response to the great, cultural emphasis being paid to national racial inequities, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) announced the launch of Reimagining Equitable Productions (REP), its newest program conceived in effort to invite racial equality to the rehearsal rooms and performance spaces of the American Theatre. Inspired by its Theater of Change course atContinue reading “One Jump Ahead: Broadway Makes Strides to Bridge Racial Equity Gaps”
Earlier this month, New York federal district court Judge Laura Taylor Swain denied a motion to dismiss a case filed by Sketchworks Industrial Strength Comedy Inc. seeking to obtain the court’s preemptive declaration that its musical Vape, which it created as an alleged parody of the musical Grease, constitutes “fair use” and is therefore notContinue reading “Is Grease the Word?”
Recently, I was interviewed by Sandy Kenyon of ABC News on theater and comedy club COVID-19 restrictions and allowances under New York City law, a portion of which was broadcast on ABC-7 “Eyewitness News” on Friday, April 2nd. After being required to close at the beginning of the pandemic nearly this time last year, inContinue reading “No More Empty Chairs at Empty Tables: My Interview on ABC News”
Broadway theaters, including The Music Box Theatre, home of “Dear Evan Hansen,” will start opening as early as April 2, 2021. But don’t get too excited. “Dear Evan Hansen” is still on hiatus, but programming at its theater and other Broadway houses is set to start as part of NY PopsUp, an event festival. Each pop-up event isContinue reading “But Only For Now: Broadway Reopens”
FAQs on Whether Broadway Can Require Audience, Cast Members, and Other Participants to Prove They Have Been Vaccinated Before Being Allowed In the Room Where it Happened
We are on track for Broadway to resume performances at some point this year and what a glorious day that will be! But when that happens, how will theaters and production companies ensure a safe environment for audience members and their employees? Can Broadway Theaters and Producers Require Audiences to Show Proof of Covid-19Continue reading “FAQs on Whether Broadway Can Require Audience, Cast Members, and Other Participants to Prove They Have Been Vaccinated Before Being Allowed In the Room Where it Happened”
That Would Be Enough: COVID-19 Relief Package for Arts and Entertainment Venues, Small Businesses, and Professionals
Late last month congressional leaders finally agreed to offer cultural institutions, including music venues and movie and stage theaters, a coronavirus relief package of $15 billion for “Save Our Stages”, as part of the larger $900 billion relief package, which includes additional categorical relief, such as the Paycheck Protection Program, and unemployment benefits and directContinue reading “That Would Be Enough: COVID-19 Relief Package for Arts and Entertainment Venues, Small Businesses, and Professionals”
There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This: Covid-19 Regulations and Relief Now and To Come for Arts and Entertainment
The rollercoaster ride of 2020 has sure had its ups and downs, and 2021 is destined to continue this trend with regulatory action expanding and contracting in order to attempt to contain the spread of Covid-19. This article examines regulations that have been put in place primarily in New York to deal with Covid-19, andContinue reading “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This: Covid-19 Regulations and Relief Now and To Come for Arts and Entertainment”
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