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re: ALW begging for birthday wishes while leaving PHANTOM cast members to starve
Posted by: Singapore/Fling 11:57 pm EDT 03/20/20
In reply to: re: ALW begging for birthday wishes while leaving PHANTOM cast members to starve - Chromolume 10:17 pm EDT 03/20/20

It's a very good point. The people who work at "Phantom" are in the nearest thing we have to full time, company jobs in high-earning commercial ventures. As the head of that company, what will Webber do to protect his workers.

It's a very different situation than Sondheim. Through his dual role, Webber has made, I'd hazard to guess, a million times from "Phantom" what Sondheim made from "Company" (or even "West Side Story", which would be a more comparable example).

Sondheim did well off of musical theater, but I don't believe he owns an entire estate with its own functioning theater. Webber is an ideal example of the class of people who've made unbelievable fortunes while putting less and less money back into the society that supports them. It's fair to ask if he should offer his support in return now that his employees are facing potential financial ruin.

We can call it reparations for all of the Puccini melodies Webber lifted for "Phantom" and "Cats". ;-)

(Watching Tosca on Met streaming - I should have known there was a reason "Shimbleshanks" was so catchy.)
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