Monthly Archives: June 2009

Critic / Play-doctor John Lahr sues Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
John Lahr
John Lahr

When Elaine Stritch opened her Tony award winning “Elaine Stritch At Liberty” in 2000, she did so with help from theatre critic and author John Lahr, best known for his essays, reviews and reportage at The New Yorker magazine.   Lahr received a “reconstructed by” credit in the Playbill for Stritch's show when it opened on Broadway after an initial run at the Public Theater.

According to the complaint filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court, Lahr is entitled to a royalty from each production of the show, including special engagements, but Ms. Stritch has allegedly failed to make payments in accordance with their agreement.

John Lahr is the son of actor Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in the 1938 MGM motion picture, The Wizard of Oz

(Hat tip to Susan Grace's Gracenotes blog)

Talent Agent’s chilling "State of the Industry" message sends shivers through Hollywood.

Talent agent James J. Jones of Premiere Talent, issued a gloomy “State of the Industry” message last March, which has been circulating around town among established actors and hopefuls alike. The message paints a bleak picture for an industry following two major labor disturbances in the past two years, and suggests that work for actors… Continue Reading

Reflections on the fate of the music business as we know it.

A panel I attended recently at the Recording Academy addressed digital music, particularly the problems songwriters (and record labels, artists, etc.) have getting paid for their music, particularly in the face of file-sharers obtaining copies for free. A vocal majority on the panel, and in the audience seemed to take the position that the only… Continue Reading

Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 2

[audio:EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode2.mp3] Episode 2 of the Entertainment Law Update Podcast, hosted by yours truly, along with Tamera Bennett is now online . In this episode, Tamera and I round up the latest entertainment law news, including: Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Pres. Obama’s nominee for Supreme Court Copyright Office Backlogs Constitutional issues… Continue Reading

Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 2

[audio:EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode2.mp3] Episode 2 of the Entertainment Law Update Podcast, hosted by yours truly, along with Tamera Bennett is now online . In this episode, Tamera and I round up the latest entertainment law news, including: Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Pres. Obama’s nominee for Supreme Court Copyright Office Backlogs Constitutional issues… Continue Reading

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