Kerry Butler: "Lincoln Center, make a deal with unions and broadcast your Broadway archive recordings!"
Tony Award Nominee Kerry Butler wants Lincoln Center to release their archived shows from the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. The actress tweeted earlier today that Lincoln Center "has been doing high-quality recordings of Broadway shows" for years, and therefore should "make a deal with unions to broadcast them & pay everyone involved".
For years @LincolnCenter has been doing high quality recordings of #Broadway shows. Why not make a deal with unions to broadcast them & pay everyone involved? Retweet if you would want to see the original cast of (insert fav bway show) live. @DisneyABCTV @netflix @ActorsEquity— Kerry Butler (@KerryButlerNyc) May 27, 2020
The Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT) is a collection within the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The archive produces complete filmings of New York and regional theater productions, consisting mostly of live recordings of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
The collection has contracts with all the theatrical unions, which allow the filming as long as the viewing is strictly done inside the premises of the New York Public Library and viewed by theater professionals with research interest only. The collection is considered one of the largest theater collections in the world.
Butler, was most recently seen starring in Beetlejuice on Broadway. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Xanadu. Other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Mean Girls, Disaster!, Catch Me If You Can, Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Penny Pingleton in the original cast of Hairspray, Eponine in Les Misérables, Blood Brothers, and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.