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Actors union, producers reach tentative agreement

By Associated Press
Published July 13, 2004

Broadway lights will continue to shine.

Two weeks after its contract expired, the union representing stage actors reached a tentative agreement Monday with theater producers, ending a period of uncertainty as the two sides wrangled over issues of health care costs, actor safety and, most importantly, nonunion tours of Broadway shows.

"Actors' Equity Association and the League of American Theatres and Producers announced today they have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year Production Contract," both sides said in a joint statement.

"The leadership for both sides will meet Tuesday to hammer out the language," said League spokeswoman Kelly Sullivan, who added that it might even be Wednesday before all the details are known.

Tensions had risen over the weekend after producers of The Boy From Oz, the hit musical starring Hugh Jackman as Australian entertainer Peter Allen, agreed to a temporary contract with the union, thus breaking ranks with other League members.

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