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5/24/03 - New York

Broadway Musicians Approve New Contract

New York-AP -- It appears a new contract offered to Broadway musicians in New York is music to most of their ears.

A union spokesman says members of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians have voted in favor of the deal.

The union went on strike in March in a dispute with the League of American Theatres and Producers over the minimum number of musicians required at a performance. Union musicians argued they were being replaced by computerized orchestras.

The four-day strike shut down all but one of Broadway's 19 musicals. It ended after the union agreed to reduce the minimum number of players in the 13 largest theaters to 18 or 19 musicians. That's down from 24 to 26 in the biggest houses.

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