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A union representing the director and choreographers who worked on the recently closed Broadway musical “Paradise Square” is asking a federal court to enforce an arbitration award that was agreed upon in May, according to a lawsuit filed late last month.

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society asked the Federal District Court in Manhattan to confirm and compel payment of nearly $150,000 that is owed to the union; the show’s director, Moisés Kaufman; the choreographer Bill T. Jones; and a few others who worked on the production.

The suit, filed on July 22, said the production company still had not “satisfied its obligations under the award.”

The lawsuit names as defendants the limited partnership that produced “Paradise Square,” a musical set amid the racial strife of Civil War-era New York City, as well as Bernard Abrams, a producer who is a member of the Broadway League.

The show, however, has been most closely associated with the producer Garth H. Drabinsky, who had a successful run as a theatrical impresario in the 1990s until he was charged with misconduct and fraud in the United States and in his native Canada, where he eventually served prison time.

Drabinsky had hoped that “Paradise Square,” which ran at the Ethel Barrymore Theater from mid-March until July 17, would be his comeback. The show originated a decade ago as a musical called “Hard Times,” written by Larry Kirwan of the band Black 47 and leaning on the music of Stephen Foster, who wrote “Oh! Susanna” among other American standards. Delayed two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, it made its way to Broadway after out-of-town productions in Berkeley, Calif., and Chicago. The show received 10 Tony nominations but took home only one award, for the actress Joaquina Kalukango, whose performance was a signature of this year’s Tony Awards ceremony. The show struggled at the box office throughout its run, and it did not recover the $15 million for which it was capitalized.

Richard Roth, a lawyer for the “Paradise Square” partnership, said on Monday, “My understanding is that everyone is going to be fully paid.”

Abrams did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

Through Roth — who pointed out that Drabinsky is not a member of the limited partnership — Drabinsky released a lengthy statement arguing that Covid had proved an insurmountable roadblock to the show’s sales and finances. He added that bonds worth nearly $450,000 that were put up by the producers should cover most of what the actors were owed.

“Equity holds this bond security,” Drabinsky said, and “the lawsuits that have been filed by unions are simply to evidence the collection of amounts for which the partnership has previously consented. In this regard, I have never been a signing officer of the production, nor do I have any authority with respect to the signing of any bank instruments. Any delay in benefit payments was simply a function of available cash flow.”

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the existence of the legal filing Monday.

The unions representing actors and designers who appeared in or worked on the musical have also received arbitration awards for hundreds of thousands of dollars. In July, the United Scenic Artists’ local also went to federal court to seek confirmation and enforcement of its award. In the spring, the Actors’ Equity fund trustees went to court to enforce an arbitration award.

The unions have also placed Drabinsky on their “do not work” lists. The directors and choreographers union automatically placed the producers on a similar list until the outstanding arbitration award is paid, according to a union official.

The president of the local union of the American Federation of Musicians, Tino Gagliardi, said through a spokesman that “Local 802 and the musicians’ benefit funds are taking every legal action needed to recover wages and benefits that are due to the musicians.”

Al Vincent Jr., the executive director of Equity, added in an email statement that the dispute was not over, saying, “Our process of getting our members appropriately paid for ‘Paradise Square’ continues with a number of outstanding grievances moving into arbitration.”

Local 829, the scenic artists’ union, put Drabinsky on its “boycott list” because of “continued inaction and lack of communication regarding the significant payments and benefits,” said Carl Mulert, the local’s national business agent. “It is unfortunate that the legacy of this Broadway production, which includes the indelible contributions of our colleagues and kin on and off the stage, has been marred by a story of exploitation of and injustice for the many artists that have brought ‘Paradise Square’ to life.”

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Proud dad Patrick Mahomes, wife Brittany Matthews and toddler Sterling celebrate arrival of new baby

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Introducing Patrick ‘Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III! Proud dad Patrick Mahomes, wife Brittany Matthews and toddler Sterling celebrate arrival of new baby

NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes has welcomed the latest addition to his family with wife Brittany Matthews – a bouncing baby boy.

The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a ‘Bronze’ nameplate.

The child – his second with Matthews following daughter Sterling Skye, born in February 2021 – is named after both Patrick and his father, Major League Baseball pitcher Pat Mahomes. 

Welcome: NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes has welcomed the latest addition to his family with wife Brittany Matthews – a bouncing baby boy

First snap: The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze' Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a 'Bronze' nameplate

First snap: The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a ‘Bronze’ nameplate 

The joint Instagram post from Patrick and Brittany revealed he was born on Monday, weighing in at 7 lbs 8 oz.

The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, ‘Round 2!’

The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, ‘Big Sister Duties Coming Soon.’ 

Announce: The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, 'Round 2!'

Announce: The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, ‘Round 2!’

Big sister: The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, 'Big Sister Duties Coming Soon'

Big sister: The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, ‘Big Sister Duties Coming Soon’

Patrick and Brittany revealed the baby will be a boy back in June with a charming gender reveal video where they shot blue water out of squirt guns. 

The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges.

Patrick attended Texas Tech University while Matthews attended the University of Texas at Tyler, where she played soccer.

Dating: The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges

Dating: The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges

Mahomes proposed to Matthews on September 1, 2020, in a suite at Arrowhead Stadium, the same day he received his Super Bowl ring.

The couple announced later that month the were expecting their first child, with daughter Sterling Skye Mahomes born in February 2021.

They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter. 

Travelling: They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter

Travelling: They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter

Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year.

He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter.

Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020.

Drafted: Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year

Drafted: Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year

Elevated: He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter

Elevated: He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter

Super Bowl: Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020

Super Bowl: Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020

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Shannon Abloh Is Ready to Talk

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“It’s going to happen the way he wanted it to happen, or it’s not going to happen at all,” said Anne Pasternak, the director of the Brooklyn Museum, who planned Mr. Abloh’s exhibition with him and then worked with Ms. Abloh after his death. But, Mr. Burke said, she’s “not Yoko Ono.” Ms. Haley just calls her very “loyal.”

Ms. Abloh has mostly stepped away from Off-White, which is being led by Ibrahim Kamara. Though Mr. Abloh was perhaps most famous because of his work in fashion, he didn’t really think of himself as a designer. (He famously called himself a “maker.”) Design was just a means to an end, which had to do with visibility and representation — the idea that nothing was off limits to a creative mind, no matter where that mind came from, not commercial icons like Coke or Ikea or artists like Takashi Murakami or even the Chicago skyline. That was the crux of his art, and that is what Ms. Abloh sees as the essence of the Virgil Abloh Foundation.

“He didn’t want to be the only Black man in the room sitting at the table,” she said. He wanted not just to model a future for “kids that didn’t know they could be an architect, or the designer of Vuitton instead of a basketball player or a football player,” she said, but also to help make that happen. So while he may have been the first, he won’t ever be the last. “That’s what the foundation will focus on: 12- to 17-year-olds, to give them the portfolios they need. I know what he would want, and I feel just as strongly as he did about it — even though I’m a white female.”

She talks regularly to a therapist who was also Mr. Abloh’s therapist and who, she said, “knows how he thought,” and she is building a house. The house her family lives in now “has beautiful memories,” she said, “but it has a lot of sad memories, too.”

In the Mercer, Ms. Abloh was changing into a black Off-White dress for the CFDA gala. Later she would be hugged by Kim Kardashian, who was also getting an award, and the designer Jerry Lorenzo, who had worked with Mr. Abloh when they were starting out with Mr. West. She would get on a plane the next morning at 9 so she would be home when her children got back from school. She was looking forward to Miami.

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