Never said they couldn’t return to the Grand. Just saying Disney never cared about that. The Orchestra was furloughed. Beauty and the Beast was supposed to come back. Equity never came to an agreement. So the Orchestra got pulled from furlough to put on a temporary show in the Theater of the Stars. Now Equity is back and Beauty and the Beast is returning and the Orchestra is getting laid off. It definitely sucks, but the way I see it is that the Grand wasn’t going to pay to bring them back but at least they had a temporary home at Studios for 2 months that they wouldn’t have had otherwise.
Do we have a confirmation somewhere that Beast is returning to the schedule, or at least recalling performers and starting rehearsals? The orchestra’s statement mentioned the stage will be ‘going dark’, which was an odd use of a phrase with specific ‘biz’ connotations if the venue would merely be in transition. Not that they have the whole picture, I’m sure.
Regardless, there are literally dozens of other shuttered venues they could have relocated a 6 piece band to at the moment, had they desired to. The timing unfortunately coincides with the sweeping labor changes we’ve been expecting at the start of fiscal 2021 on 10/1.