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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Dance 10, Negotiations Skills 10 Too, It Appears

Chorusline This blog clearly misunderestimated the dancers, many of whom were part of the original production of "A Chorus Line," who sued for a share in the current revival of the show when it characterized them as "being in a tough place."

As dance fans will recall, "A Chorus Line" was created by Michael Bennett, who gathered a group of dancers together in 1974 and recorded their life stories.  Bennett then put those stories together into a musical and hired many of the original interviewees to perform in it.  Although the dancers originally signed away their rights to any share in profits from Bennett's use of their stories, Bennett agreed in 1975 to share the wealth, at least with regard to the original production.  According to The New York Times, this 1975 arrangement excluded Broadway revivals such as the current one which opened in 2006.  But the Times now reports that, after lengthy negotiations, the dancers and the beneficiaries of the Bennett estate have reached an agreement to give the dancers a share.

Now those of you who were interviewed in connection with my musical, "Teaching 10, Scholarship 3," about a group of young law teachers vying for limited tenure-track teaching positions, please don't get all "I Can Do That" on me. 

[Jeremy Telman]

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