'Chorus Line' revival lacks royalties

Oct. 1, 2006 at 11:53 AM

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A revival of "A Chorus Line" has some of the New York dancers who lent their stories to the musical wondering if they were fairly compensated.

The play is based on recollections of divorce, child abuse and the life of a professional dancer. The dancers have received royalties, up to $10,000 a year at times, but not with this revival, The New York Times reported Sunday.

The revival's producer says he doesn't have the authority to renegotiate an agreement reached more than 30 years ago by now-deceased choreographer Michael Bennett, who originally turned the tales into a Tony award-winning show, the Times said.

Documents signed by the original dancers covered the original production and subsidiary rights, but not the 2006 revival, the Times said.

The only way that could change would be if other parties in the Bennett estate agree that royalties could taken out of their shares of the play's interests and distributed to those interviewed.

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