November 12, 2002
|Mamma Mia! Heads to Mandalay Bay - Opens February, 2003 Actors' Equity Approves Casino Contract for New Las Vegas Production|
Opens Door for Future Equity Employment says Equity's Western Regional Director John Holly
MAMMA MIA!, the internationally-acclaimed block-buster musical featuring the music of ABBA, is coming to Las Vegas in 2003 under an Equity contract. The Council, at its meeting of October 15, approved the recommendation of the Western Regional Board to use the recently-updated Casino Contract for the engagement, which will employ 30 actors and 3 stage managers.
According to Western Regional Director John Holly, "With slight modifications, we were able to offer the contract to MAMMA MIA! for an open-ended engagement, which will provide many wonderful work-weeks for our members." Under the Casino Agreement, the Actors' minimums are $900.00, plus housing, per diem and pension and health benefits. Holly noted that out-of-town actors will receive housing and per diem for up to one year, or until the actor officially resides in Las Vegas for tax purposes.
Theatrical productions in Las Vegas have to deal with several difficult factors, including the "attention span" of casino and hotel guests, who have a plethora of entertainment options on the strip, and of course, production costs and scheduling. "In recent months, I've met with several theatrical producers and hotel executives to explore ways that we could work together," stated Holly. "We also hosted a cocktail party at the last National Alliance for Musical Theatre convention in Las Vegas, and were very warmly received."
"We hope that MAMMA MIA! opens the door for future Equity productions in Las Vegas," concluded Holly.