As recounted by my colleagues Jill Kahn Marshall and Anna Beckelman in their recent article, on May 11, 2023, the New York City Council passed a bill that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and access to public accommodation on the basis of someone’s actual or perceived height or weight. By adding height and weight as protected classes, theContinue reading “Will NYC’s New Employment Discrimination Bill Restrict Casting “In the Heights”?”
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What Comes Next?
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?”
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: Off-Broadway Theaters Bring Litigation to Obtain the Same New York Reopening Rights Granted to Restaurants and Bowling Alleys
In late October, eight off-Broadway theaters, including The Actors Temple, Soho Playhouse, the Triad, and the New York Comedy Club, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan’s federal district court against Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York Attorney General, and Mayor Bill de Blasio, seeking an order that would allow them to reopen their theaters with precautionaryContinue reading “No More: Off-Broadway Theaters Bring Litigation to Obtain the Same New York Reopening Rights Granted to Restaurants and Bowling Alleys”
The Parks Are Alive With the Sound of Music
The New York City Committees on Economic Development and Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations recently introduced a bill to the New York City Counsel that would grant free access rights to non-profit cultural groups to both rehearse and perform in outdoor spaces throughout the City, including parks, pedestrian plazas, public parking lots, andContinue reading “The Parks Are Alive With the Sound of Music”