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AGMA, Equity in Turf Battle

05.27 Masks The feud between the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Actors’ Equity Association over who will represent dancers on Broadway is escalating. According to the Wall Street Journal, AGMA last week contacted the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, an AFL-CIO governing body, and requested that jurisdiction over Broadway musicals in which 66 percent of the performers dance and sing but do not speak be given to the hoofers’ union. AGMA national executive director Alan Gordon called Equity’s standards for chorus performers “obsolete.” Carol Waaser, Equity's acting executive director told the Journal that Gordon “doesn't understand the complicated nature of Broadway.” The 4As confirmed to the Journal that it will form a committee to review the matter.

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