Any organization looking to present Broadway caliber musicals requires the types of performers and musicians who meet those high standards.
Now in its second year of existence and with four musicals already under its belt, the Babylon Long Island-based Argyle Theatre already employs several actors who are under contact with Actors Equity Association. With the announcement that Argyle musicians are organizing with the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, the men and women in the orchestra pit will be of a correspondingly high quality.
A majority of orchestra musicians who perform at the Argyle have voted to seek a contract under Local 802 and are looking to certify their unionization via an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
“They really see the value of being covered under a union contract,” said Local 802 Director of Organizing Joy Winkler. “We already cover incredible musicians across the greater New York City area. Other professional theaters on Long Island already have union agreements and the Argyle just seemed like a natural place where the musicians would see the value of being covered under a union contract. They know this will add an air of professionalism and seriousness to their work.”
“Local 802 musicians are some of the most highly-skilled and sought-after artists in the world,” added Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer. “The musicians performing at the Argyle Theatre have come together to ensure a future of collaboration and cooperation with the Babylon music community. They are eager to work hand in hand with everyone at the Argyle so that live music will remain professional and exceptional for many years to come.”
The 500 seat theater reopened in the spring of 2018 with a production of “Guys and Dolls” and is about to open “Spring Awakening.”
Local 802 musicians perform at such venues as Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic and at all the Broadway houses as well as at other Long Island area theaters including the Bay Street Theater, the John W. Engemen Theater and the Gateway Theater.
To learn more about Local 802, click here.