Maverick producer Garth Drabinsky and his company Livent have rejoined the League of American Theaters and Producers.
A Canadian-based corporation, Livent owns the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, where it currently presents the musical "Ragtime." The firm also owns and operates theatres elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada. Along with the Walt Disney Company--producer of two Broadway shows, "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast"--Livent has shunned the league and its contracting efforts in favor of negotiating its own pact with performing arts unions
While Livent will continue to self-bargain, it will make use of the league's other services."It was never the desire of this company not to be part of industry initiatives, whether with respect to marketing or to any other direction the industry wanted to take," Drabinsky was quoted in The New York Times. "We knew, as soon as the labor negotiations and the opening of the new theatre [Ford] was behind us and the dust had cleared, we would do everything we could to show ourselves very much a part of the community down here and the industry at large."