What kind of living can you make just doing Broadway?
Do theatre actors live well or well enough?
If you get a show that runs and if you have a decent rate or rent on your apt., you can do OK--but those are big ifs. You need to tour, do commercials, regionals, etc. Or have another job.
It depends on whether you kiss and how much Nathan Lane tips you after you service him.
A big dick helps.
Not as much as one might expect.
Do you mean as an actor, or as a hustler?
It is spelled theater, OP.
If you're young attractive ans talented, work in the pop, hip hop field. Broadway is a one way ticket to obscurity.
Minimum salary for a Broadway play or musical is $1700 a week.
I would guess most people in a production are earning that minimum. Only stars get more than that.
That minimum is usually more because most chorus people get extra for covering other performers in the show. Most also do commercials and the occasional Law & Order.
15 to 40 bucks extra a week for covering a role, R8. Not that much more. Plus, always keep in mind, 10-20% of that salary goes straight to agent/manager.
Commercials and guesting on episodics is nice if you can get one -- and some episodics are unwilling to work around a theater schedule -- The Good Wife is a great exception --, but OP's question was about JUST doing Broadway.
And even if you make $1700 a week, don't forget that NY is the most expensive city to live in in the USA. Even if you don't live in Manhattan, and chose to live in a cheaper outlying area, you then must pay to commute.
Most production contracts have a "plus 10" built in. It's been a long time since a Broadway performer has had to pay an agent's commission out of their salary.
what about the production crew? How much do those people make? Like stage manager etc?
$1700 a week is $85,000 a year.
How much did that Reeve Carney get for playing Spider-Man?
Actors are idiots. It's their own fault for choosing this occupation. Trust me, I work with them every day.
[quote]$1700 a week is $85,000 a year.
Which is about half that outside NYC. That's a pittance, and what actors spend on their own upkeep, it equals nothing. Perpetual ensemble people are also terrible with money but great at blowing it on unnecessary extravagances.
A hobby should never be a living, especially if your hobby is theater.
R13, I am neither and actor nor in NYC, but even I can tell you, bloody FEW shows run a year!
That is true, R17, but that doesn't mean you won't get into another show or two within that year. You don't just do one show and then quit when it closes. A number of performers on Broadway whom I know personally move from show to show without a lot of downtime in between.
R16 is a piece of shit. And probably a Romney supporter.
[quote]Most also do commercials and the occasional Law & Order.
This explains the high caliber acting I see occasionally on L&O and SVU from actors I don't recognize. thanks.
R19 suddenly felt a joke hit too close to home.
[quote]Even if you don't live in Manhattan, and chose to live in a cheaper outlying area, you then must pay to commute.
How much is the subway?