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Sinfonia Controversy in New York

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Sinfonia Controversy in New York

Sinfonia Controversy in New York

Sinfonia Controversy in New York

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The ongoing conflict between theatrical producers and the New York local of the musicians' union over the use of virtual orchestra machines in Broadway productions has reared its head again. The arena this time is Off-Broadway, where the new musical The Joys of Sex has provoked a standoff with Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians. The show's composer insists that he's written a part specifically for the Sinfonia, a virtual orchestra which he says is actually a legitimate musical instrument. Jeff Lunden reports.