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U.S. actors union stops Aida tour

Saturday 31 January 2004 @ 7:59 - GMT

Big League Theatricals has canceled its upcoming tour of the popular Broadway show by Elton John and Tim Rice, which was set to go out in September, according to Variety magazine on January 29, 2004.

Big League's Dan Sher said the decision was made after his producing organisation failed to reach an agreement with Actors' union Equity. The tour was projected to run 35 weeks, with receipts estimated between $16 million and $20 million.

In support of Equity, the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers will not execute contracts with the producer for its non-Equity tours, including the upcoming 42nd Street, unless Big League signs contracts with Equity.

In the past, SSDC members have worked on such non-Equity tours as Big League's production of The Music Man.

"It would be hoped that there will be difficulty finding directors and choreographers of sufficient skill to do the job," said Alan Eisenberg, Equity's exec director.