How Live Is Broadway Live Theatre Music?

The battle looming on Broadway between the musicians’ union and producers is being cast as a fight over whether there will be live music in orchestra pits. On the other hand – union rules requiring a minimum number of musicians to be employed at theatres even when not all the musicians are required for a show, are unreasonable almost by any standard. Meanwhile – today’s theatre orchestras are so highly miked that it’s often difficult to tell whether the music is live or not. Where’s the artistic value in any of this?