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What kind of living can you make just doing Broadway?

Do theatre actors live well or well enough?

by Anonymousreply 2210/07/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 110/06/2012

It depends on whether you kiss and how much Nathan Lane tips you after you service him.

A big dick helps.

by Anonymousreply 210/06/2012

Not as much as one might expect.

by Anonymousreply 310/06/2012

Do you mean as an actor, or as a hustler?

by Anonymousreply 410/06/2012

If you're young attractive ans talented, work in the pop, hip hop field. Broadway is a one way ticket to obscurity.

by Anonymousreply 610/06/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 710/06/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 810/06/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 910/06/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1010/06/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1110/06/2012

what about the production crew? How much do those people make? Like stage manager etc?

by Anonymousreply 1210/06/2012

$1700 a week is $85,000 a year.

by Anonymousreply 1310/06/2012

How much did that Reeve Carney get for playing Spider-Man?

by Anonymousreply 1410/06/2012

Actors are idiots. It's their own fault for choosing this occupation. Trust me, I work with them every day.

by Anonymousreply 1510/07/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 1610/07/2012

R13, I am neither and actor nor in NYC, but even I can tell you, bloody FEW shows run a year!

by Anonymousreply 1710/07/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1810/07/2012

R16 is a piece of shit. And probably a Romney supporter.

by Anonymousreply 1910/07/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 2010/07/2012

R19 suddenly felt a joke hit too close to home.

by Anonymousreply 2110/07/2012

[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?

by Anonymousreply 2210/07/2012
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