Labor dispute outside Tony Awards venue solved

By MARK KENNEDY | June 10, 2011 | 12:59 PM EDT

FILE - In this June 7, 2009 file photo, actors perform a segment from the show Guys and Dolls at the 63rd annual Tony Awards in New York. A labor dispute is threatening to make a mess of the Tony Awards, forcing actors to cross picket lines to attend the red carpet for Broadway's biggest ceremony. The Tony Awards are scheduled to air on Sunday, June 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — The stagehands' union and producers of the Tony Awards have reached an agreement on how the show's red carpet area will be staffed, ending a labor dispute that threatened to derail Broadway's biggest night.

Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees had threatened to picket near the Beacon Theatre where the award show will be held Sunday evening. They were angry that producers of the show had nonunion workers setting up the red carpet area.

A deal between both sides was announced Friday afternoon, though no details were immediately disclosed. The union won its biggest demand — for union workers to staff the area.