Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Six’ Performers Warn of a Possible Actors Strike Ahead of Kimmel Center Shows

Broadway enthusiasts excited to see Six or Into the Woods at the Kimmel Cultural Campus on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon may get to see the actors from two touring shows interacting with showgoers. But it’s not the typical meet-and-greet.

Touring members of the Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents actors and stage managers in theater, are planning to distribute leaflets at the Kimmel Center on Friday and Saturday, to share information about their attempts to get better pay and benefits in a new contract. They’ve been unable to reach a contract with the show producers who employ them, and they’re warning of a possible strike.

A strike authorization vote has already been held, and 95% of those voting approved a strike. If that happens, it would be the first strike of Broadway shows on tour since 1968, according to the union.