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re: I didn’t realize some shows returning are reduced schedule.
Last Edit: ShowGoer 06:39 pm EDT 05/07/21
Posted by: ShowGoer 06:37 pm EDT 05/07/21
In reply to: I didn’t realize some shows returning are reduced schedule. - dramedy 05:57 pm EDT 05/07/21

Again, this is sort of a common misunderstanding about the way Broadway works and the economics involved. Every single person, from the box office staff to the ticket-takers to the ushers in front of house, to the orchestra members, wardrobe personnel and stage doormen backstage, would need to be paid per performance, per hour, or by the day, depending on how the individual contracts work.

Maybe no social distancing will be necessary (as everyone seems to think will be the case by then) but if the producers’ assumptions are “until we know whether people feel comfortable going to the theater it only makes sense to count on X number of theatergoers per week”, then it clearly makes sense to fit that X number into, say, 5 shows rather than spreading them out over 8 – even if they don’t quite get the unions to agree to lower their rates all the way down to, say, 62.5% (or 5/8ths) of their usual salary.

It absolutely sucks all around, but no one is looking to rip anyone off or take advantage here– They’re merely trying to find a way to resume safely and as soon as possible, but without risking that a lot of shows will have to close only a few weeks later, this time permanently… and obviously, I’m certain, all with the hope/expectation that by this time next year at the latest, things are back to a full playing schedule and back to normal.
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