Actors' Equity Declares Strike On New Broadway Show Development

 

Actors’ Equity has declared a strike on all new Broadway show development with members of the Broadway League, a potentially costly move after two years of what the union is calling two years of unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a Lab Agreement.

The Lab Agreement is the contract between Equity and the Broadway League in the development of new productions, often musicals. According to Equity, weekly salaries on the agreement have been “frozen since 2007.” In addition to a pay raise over the current weekly $1,000, Equity reportedly is seeking a 1% share of any profit after recoupment.

The strike, Equity reports, was authorized by the union’s National Council and “follows media reports that 2018 was Broadway’s highest-ever grossing year on record.”

https://deadline.com/2019/01/actors-equity-strike-new-broadway-development-1202530663/

 

 


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/06/theater/broadway-developmental-labs-equity-league-profit-sharing.html

Broadway Actors Pushing for Profit-Sharing in Creation of Shows

Jan. 6, 2019

Jarrod Spector and Micaela Diamond in “The Cher Show,” a Broadway production developed through so-called “labs” that are now the subject of a labor dispute. Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

 

Jarrod Spector and Micaela Diamond in “The Cher Show,” a Broadway production developed through so-called “labs” that are now the subject of a labor dispute. Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Broadway performers and stage managers are demanding a share of the profits from hit shows they help to create, setting off a labor dispute that is threatening to disrupt the high-stakes development of new musicals and plays.

Actors’ Equity, a national labor union, and the Broadway League, a trade association representing producers, are at odds over the issue two years after public pressure from the original cast of “Hamilton” prompted that blockbuster show’s producers to agree to a new formula for distributing its proceeds.

Equity says the two sides are at an impasse and it is considering a limited strike in which it would bar its members from participating in any developmental work with commercial producers. The union says it is unhappy with how its members are compensated for work in developmental labs, which are generally four-week sessions in which actors and writers test out material for shows in progress. Recent productions that have used labs include “The Cher Show,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “Waitress.”

 

 

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