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NEW YORK, Oct 26, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Radio City Music Hall says its world famous Christmas Spectacular will open in New York on time -- with or without its union-covered musicians.

After working out a contract with the high-kicking Rockettes last week, the famed Big Apple venue now faces a possible strike by its musicians, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Radio City Entertainment President Jay Marciano told The Post the show will go on Nov. 3 either with replacement musicians or recorded music.

"There are new synthesizers that can recreate orchestras," he said.

Each side is accusing the other of greed, The Post said.

"The union appears to be greedy," said Marciano. "They are lying to the membership."

American Federation of Musicians Local 802 President David Lennon blamed Cablevision, which owns Radio City.

"The only thing that is going on here is Cablevision's corporate greed," he said.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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