Actors Equity here in New York forced the cancellation of the performance June 1st of the Paddy Chayewsky play "the Tenth Man" at the Booth Theatre in Schubert alley off 45th Street, in the heart of "Broadway".
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Background: Actors Equity here in New York forced the cancellation of the performance June 1st of the Paddy Chayewsky play "the Tenth Man" at the Booth Theatre in Schubert alley off 45th Street, in the heart of "Broadway". Neat trick they employed was to call the actors in the cast to a 'special' union meeting at curtain time. A few hours after the closure, actors began receiving notices from the producers of other plays, informing them of closure if agreement between Equity and the producers was not reached June 2nd. At the time of writing that agreement has not been reached, and even a last minute attempt by Mayor Wagner (details of which are not yet available) appears to have failed.
Twenty two plays and musicals are scheduled to be shut-down tonight June 2nd in what would be the first theatre blackout on Broadway since 1919.
Hundreds of disappointed ticket holders were turned away from the Booth Theatre last evening after an announcement from stage said there would be no performance. They have been given the choice of going to any other theatre with the TENTH MAN tickets - but all popular shows on Broadway are filled with seasonal bookings.
Immediate reaction of Arthur Cantor, co-producer of the TENTH MAN was to announce that he and his partner Saint Subber would file a $1 million damage suit in the Supreme Court, charging breach of contract against the individual actors and charging Equity with inducement to breach of contract.
Meanwhile the battle rages, and the question asked this early evening of June 2 is - will the Theatre on Broadway survive?