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Opera Sees Mediator; New B'Way Shows Struggle

• New York City Opera management and union leaders met with a federal mediator Monday morning in the hopes of resolving a labor dispute, reported The New York Times. The American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents City Opera's chorus members, stage managers and assistant directors, said it agreed to return to negotiations on Jan. 3.

• The number of long-standing art house theaters is decreasing nationwide. These theaters aren't faring so well partially because they're losing customers to high-end theaters, which offer premium services and more mainstream titles, and major chains that are now showing the types of movies normally reserved for indie theaters. Read the story at Los Angeles Times.

• Last week, several new Broadway musicals struggled to sell tickets. The main reason: holiday tourists tend to attend long-running shows like "The Lion King" and "Wicked" instead of trying something new. Read the story at The New York Times.

• Tokyo-based management company Japollywood Artists is looking to give American and British actors more fame in Asia along with possibly hefty paychecks. The best part is you don't have to be on Hollywood's A-list to work with the new company. Check it out at The Hollywood Reporter.

• The Weinstein Company is moving forward developing its first stage musical, “Finding Neverland,” based on the 2004 film of the same name, according to The New York Times.

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