BEYOND BERGEN: Although venues nationwide are cancelling performances by Bill Cosby on his current tour, the executive director of The Music Hall in Tarrytown said he has no choice but let scheduled shows in two weeks go on.
“We were unaware of this controversy when the show was booked, as I am sure the majority of ticket holders and other concerned individuals were,” Music Hall Executive Director Bjorn Olsson said in a message to patrons.
Cosby is slated for two performances at the historic venue on Dec. 6.
“The show happens to be booked by an outside promoter,” Olsson said, “but I think I can safely say that is I had been offered the show back then, I would have booked it directly too.
“The way our business works is that a contract exists between Cosby and AM productions, the promoter, which in turn rents the Music Hall as a venue,” he said.
“If AM breaks their contract with Cosby, they still have to pay him the guarantee,” Olsson noted. “Same thing if we break the rental contract with AM — except they would then be forced to come after us to recoup the money the owe Cosby.
“Since he is a very expensive artist,” he said, “this would be a tremendous blow to The Music Hall, likely to force layoffs and cuts in our community programs.
“So, in short, cancelling the show or refunding tickets would not hurt Bill Cosby — only The Music Hall, a non profit organization, and the promoter.”
Olsson did say that he’ll produce an open seat protest list to give to Cosby after the show.
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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The Music Hall is a top-notch venue, with outstanding acts and the most courteous service. In an age of conglomeration and corporatization, it’s a homey, secure, comfortable destination, barely a half-hour from most parts of Bergen. At 800+ seats, it’s cozy. There’s music, comedy, film — and the snacks(!). Small wonder that the Mavericks chose to play two (sold out) nights there the end of last month while saving a single trip to Manhattan for February.
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Tickets are still available for both the 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Bill Cosby shows at The Music Hall in Tarrytown Dec. 6: CLICK HERE
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