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ucjrdude902
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 10:32am
Who do you think it is or know it is? I once read a report that Kristen Chenoweth has a $30 million dollar net worth.
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best12bars
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 10:34am
Do you think she earned all of that from Broadway shows?

I don't think you can really say "who is the richest," since many stars work in film and TV as well ... where the bigger money is.
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Updated On: 12/31/12 at 10:34 AM
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henrikegerman
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 10:38am
Jackman? Broderick? Washington?
Jon
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 10:50am
Of people who appeared on Broadway over the past couple of years, the richest is probably Kelsey Grammer. He earned a million dolalrs a week during the last few seasons of Frasier.
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Will42
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 10:55am
During Murder, She Wrote run was Angela Lansbury was the highest paid actress in the world. She also served as the show executive producer from 1992 to 1996.
I imagine she is also doing quite well when she's in a Broadway show.
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Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 02:27pm
Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

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Posted: 12/31/12 at 02:28pm
So we are really talking about Hollywood stars with 10+million dollar movie contracts who occasionally deign to appear on Broadway?
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 04:07pm
If you're looking for the richest, yes.
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 04:19pm
In terms of non-Hollywood actors/actresses, I think Patti or Bernadette are doing well. Mandy Patinkin and Kristin Chenoweth have crossed over a lot. Lea Salonga and Idina probably do well considering all of the concerts they do internationally.
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mikem
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 04:20pm
Unless she has made some good investments, I'm not sure that Kristin Chenoweth is worth $30 million (although I'm sure she's not hurting). Has she been in a project that would have given her a huge payday?

A slightly different question -- which Broadway actor got the most money from a single production? Most of the huge weekly pays you hear about are for relatively short runs.
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 04:34pm
I think you have to qualify what that title means: ANY actor that has appeared on b'way? Only earnings from B'way? The single highest contract?

Then, how do you determine "star"?

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broadwaybabytn
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 04:35pm
$30 million is a lot, but it's by no means unbelievable for Kristen.
bobs3
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 04:40pm
Bernadette Peters is very wealthy, mostly from concert appearances plus the money she inherited from her late husband (who was a wealthy hedge fund manager).
lupone76
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 04:57pm
I'm sure Harvey Fierstein must be pretty wealthy due to his book writing projects. Especially for La Cage, Torch Song and Newsies. Nathan Lane must be pretty well fixed and he was at one time both an equal star of Broadway and Hollywood. He's the only true Broadway star who also had many hit films as well to his credit.

Updated On: 12/31/12 at 04:57 PM
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mc1227
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 05:20pm
Lupone, I'm not sure what hit films of Nathan Lane's you're referring to. I count one, "The Birdcage". I don't think you can count "Lion King" since Disney is notoriously cheap and I doubt the voice actors got substanial royalties from that movie. They probably got a 3 picture deal instead. Harvey Fierstein is probably well off due to "LaCage" and "Hairspray", not so much Torch Song.
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Jonwo
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 05:32pm
Nathan Lane was probably paid very well when it was called to do The Producers return engagement in 2003 and then he stepped in to replace Richard Dreyfuss in London.

Does book writing get significant royalties in comparison to writing the libretto? I saw a documentary and Stephen Fry who rewrote the book for Me and My Girl said the checks he got per week from it were eyewatering.
bobs3
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 05:38pm
Charles Strouse taught a workshop at NYU's Music Theatre program and one of the students asked him if it was true he made $25 million from ANNIE. Strouse rolled his eyes, laughed and replied "You are not even close."
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 06:14pm
Donald Trump played 1 performance in One Man, Two Guvnors so I believe he is the richest Broadway Star ever.
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best12bars
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Posted: 12/31/12 at 06:15pm


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Joviedamian
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Posted: 1/1/13 at 02:58pm
"Charles Strouse taught a workshop at NYU's Music Theatre program and one of the students asked him if it was true he made $25 million from ANNIE. Strouse rolled his eyes, laughed and replied "You are not even close.""

Does that mean less or more? I have to assume more, right?
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Posted: 1/1/13 at 03:20pm
I remember reading (in the times, if I'm not mistaken) that Winnie holzman and Stephen Schwartz stand to make around $90 million from Wicked.

Imagine how much Cameron Mackintosh is worth
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Posted: 1/1/13 at 03:24pm
Mackintosh, though not a "Broadway star," owns 40% of Les Mis. I don't know how much of his other projects he owns. Similar situation for people like Lloyd Webber who not only compose but also produce.
Jonwo
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Posted: 1/1/13 at 03:35pm
Cameron Mackintosh has made a fortune from his shows, I do wonder what he gets royalty wise from Mary Poppins, it must be a hefty sum especially as it continue to run on Broadway and on tour. I imagine with Les Mis, he'll make a significant amount of money from the film and that's alongside the money still earned from the stage production.

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Posted: 1/1/13 at 05:16pm
I'm sure Mackintosh is making a killing from Les Mis. With the new movie, and seeing as though Les Mis is in its 27th year in the West End, he is making a ton. Poppins is probably bringing in some decent sized checks as well.
roadmixer
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Posted: 1/2/13 at 12:04pm
Mackintosh was supposedly worth $1.1 Billion as of April 2012 so after the film pays him all of his money he will be hard to beat even for any of the A-Listers that people have mentioned.
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JoeKv99
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Posted: 1/2/13 at 12:22pm
Cheno is worth half of Kelsey Grammer. (30 M vs 60) Mackintosh is worth over a billion. Matthew Broderick is worth 45 Million. Nathan Lane is $18M.

Neither Lupone nor Peters made the list. Angela Lansbury has $65m. Elton has $320 Million.


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