Hitting ‘Em Where It Hurts

Broadway producers are trying an unusual tactic in their battle with musicians over the set minimum number of musicians required to be included in every show. Ordinarily, in these disputes, the front office talks about fiscal responsibility, and the musicians counter with talk of artistic integrity. But in this case, the producers claim that the musicians’ position is artistically indefensible, and that minimums, as they are known, are unfair to the composer of a show’s score, and to the entire creative team. It’s an innovative approach, but unfortunately, some rather high-profile Broadway composers are already refuting the claims.