...when it comes to labor.
Hat tip to The Playgoer for pointing out a New York Post story by Andrew Geller "singing the praises of the 'weaker' West End unions."
Because of differences in union strength and work rules, Broadway producers end up paying stagehands a lot more than do their counterparts across the pond.Wait a minute here, Campbell Robertson's terrific piece in this morning's issue of The New York Times spells out that the top wage for Broadway stagehands is $1,600 per week.
A Broadway stagehand earns $150,000 a year, compared with $60,000 for one in London, according to British employment agencies.
Even a moron like me can take that $1,600 and multiply it by 52 to come up with $83,200. And that's just for the top tier.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).