Is Grease the Word?

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?”

No More Empty Chairs at Empty Tables: My Interview on ABC News

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”

But Only For Now: Broadway Reopens

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”

Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!: Five Broadway Theaters Seeking Insurance Coverage Due to COVID-19 Losses

Since Broadway’s closure in March, Broadway theaters have not been able to operate or generate revenue in any capacity. Jujamcyn Theaters, LLC, which owns five Broadway theaters that had, prior to the shutdown, been presenting “Hadestown,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Mean Girls,” “Moulin Rouge,” and “Frozen,” filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to enforceContinue reading “Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!: Five Broadway Theaters Seeking Insurance Coverage Due to COVID-19 Losses”

UPDATE: Actors’ Unions to Each Other: Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat

In November, AEA and SAG-AFTRA agreed that AEA will cover work that supplements a live audience and this agreement will last tentatively until December 31, 2020. However, AEA has various lawsuits in the works against some theaters that already have streaming deals with SAG-AFTRA. The resolution of these grievances still remains to be seen. This isContinue reading “UPDATE: Actors’ Unions to Each Other: Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat”