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“Harlem Suite,” the dance musical at the Pantages, has closed prematurely. Notice had been posted last week that the final performance would be held Sunday. But when the producers failed to pay the performers by the weekly deadline of noon last Thursday, the performers’ union, the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), directed its members not to attend any further rehearsals or performances. According to AGVA West Coast director Louis Zogaib, the union had previously closed or delayed rehearsals for the show twice because of late payments. The producers had posted a bond with the union, which will now be used to pay what is still owed the performers, Zogaib said. Wardrobe supervisor Ronald Greenquist also said that he is still owed money for his services. “It’s been a real mess,” he said. The musicians who were working in the show may face union charges for working without a contract, according to Musicians Union Local 47 vice president Jerry Redmond. He said the contract for the show, which also played several cities last year, had expired. Neither producer Gwynette Harley-McIlwain nor director/star Maurice Hines could be reached for comment. Tickets had been on sale through June 4. Information on refunds or charge credits is available at the point of purchase.

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