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BROADWAY EARNINGS

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BROADWAY EARNINGS#0
Posted: 2/13/06 at 11:18am
how much does a broadway star earn a week? i heard that the stars of "the producers" are the highest earners in broadway, but that was quite a while ago, can anyone help?
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#1
Posted: 2/13/06 at 11:18am
sorry i didnt mean to have the caps lock on
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#2
Posted: 2/13/06 at 11:42am
Equity minimum is $1422, which is generally what ensemble members make.

Seasoned veterans (especially Tony winners) in featured roles generally make a bit more than that ($2000 to 3000). That's also roughly what most principals with few previous credits and little name recognition make (though some like the Wicked leads can make in the $5000 to $7500 range).

From there, star salaries are based on the level of a person's fame, name recognition and ability to sell tickets. Most stars still make less than $10,000/week. I believe Bebe Neuwirth made roughly $25,000/week when she was in Chicago.

And there are a tiny tiny handful of stars who've made more than that. Those include Lane, Broderick, Glenn Close, Hugh Jackman and Bernadette Peters who have made $40,000+ per week and have even gotten profit participation (if the show grosses above a certain level, they receive a percentage of the profits). The rumor that Lane and Broderick made $100,000 a piece per week for their return engagement in The Producers is unconfirmed (though possibly true).

Then there are also people like Billy Crystal who made several hundreds of thousands per week with his show 700 Sundays. He was sole star and writer and also produced the show himself (with his wife). Running costs were minimal and the show grossed in excess of $1 million/week, so the profits for Crystal must have been outrageous.



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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#3
Posted: 2/13/06 at 11:45am
Conclusion: Write and star in your own one woman or one man show, but not until after everyone knows who you are


I will have to work on that one.
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#4
Posted: 2/13/06 at 11:48am
oh, i thought an ensemble member makes about $1492 a week, oh well, maybe i heard it wrong
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#5
Posted: 2/13/06 at 11:54am
It's not that much different from 1422.
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#6
Posted: 2/13/06 at 12:38pm
That's true. It's approximately $70 more, which isn't really that much more. What does everyone else think?
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#7
Posted: 2/13/06 at 1:23pm
What is so great about being in the ensamble is that you are signed on for the wole show, so you really have job security.
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#8
Posted: 2/13/06 at 1:59pm
not sure what you are talking about. here in Canada at least, ensemble are signed to yearly contracts, just like everyone else. maybe it is different in NY?

also, job security in show biz? HA!
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#9
Posted: 2/13/06 at 2:08pm
the figures are pre-tax right and weekly?

i know $1400 here in dallas would be very nice, but how does it figure with the cost of living in new york? is it enough for ensemble to live on or do they have to work other jobs while in a show?
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#10
Posted: 2/13/06 at 2:19pm
We've had this discussion here many many times. There are hundreds of thousands of people in NYC who don't make that kind of money and they do just fine. I've lived here almost 20 years and have never made that salary. That's a decent paycheck anywhere.
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#11
Posted: 2/13/06 at 6:52pm
do people in touring casts or off broadway make this much or more or less?
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#12
Posted: 2/13/06 at 10:43pm
and remember taxes, health insurance(Equity insurance sucks) Rent, and classes, if u are serious and GYM memberships if U are a guy and if an agent or manager got u the audition they get a cut. You gotta Love it to be in it and be lucky, out of town you can take Home $300 a week on a LORT or $400 on a Specail tour contract.
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re: BROADWAY EARNINGS#13
Posted: 8/14/06 at 3:41pm
I am bringing this thread back because i LOVE IT!