Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Because The New York Times' Campbell Robertson and others are doing a nice job of crunching key Broadway numbers involved in the stagehands strike, I wanted to share some of them, along with a few personal ones:
$20 million - the total amount The League of American Theatres and Producers has been skimming off the top of Broadway ticket sales for years to pay for a fund "in preparation for a strike like this one."
$15 million - one of several "estimated costs" per day estimates of the strike on the New York City economy.
$5.2 million - total amassed in stagehands union "defense fund."
$4 million - budget for The Farnsworth Invention, which was to open Thursday night, but has been indefinitely postponed.
$1,070,494 - total box office last week for period's highest grossing show on Broadway, Mary Poppins, one of the Broadway shows that remain open, thanks to different contracts.
$1 million (or more) - cost to load-in larger Broadway shows.
$1 million - amount Local One had moved from its general fund to supplement its $4.1 million defense fund.
$200,000 - last week's increase in box office business for Mary Poppins.
$100,000 - last week's increase in box office business for Xanadu, another of the Broadway shows still open.
$67,500 to $88,500 - stagehand salary range released by Local One.
$34,151 - total box office last week for period's lowest grossing show on Broadway, Is He Dead? which only performed two shows before being struck.
$1,600 - top stagehand pay category per week for electricians and head carpenters.
$1,200 - lowest stagehand pay category per week that's also most common for those operating rigging, traps and winches.
$450 - top ticket price charged for Young Frankenstein, another of the Broadway shows not being struck even though ticket price announcement fanned flames in stagehand community.
$119.03 - highest average ticket price of last week for top capacity hit Jersey Boys (now being struck).
$40.24 - lowest average ticket price of last week for third lowest capacity show August: Osage County (now being struck).
50% - estimated decrease in business at theatre district mainstay Sardi's.
24.3% - week over week capacity increase for Mary Poppins.
20.3% - week over week capacity increase for Xanadu.
13.5% - week over week capacity increase for The Ritz, another of the Broadway shows not being struck.
9.8% - week over week capacity increase for Cymbeline, another of the Broadway shows not being struck.
8.6% - week over week capacity increase for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, another of the Broadway shows not being struck.
8% - total price of Broadway ticket devoted to stagehand pay, according to Local One President James Claffey, Jr.
4.2% - week over week capacity increase for Mauritius, another of the Broadway shows not being struck.
3.5% - week over week capacity increase for Pygmalion, another of the Broadway shows not being struck.
30,000 to 40,000 - number of Broadway patrons "who just aren't there."
3,000 - the total number of Broadway stagehands comprising Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.).
350 to 500 (approximately) - number of Broadway stagehands responsible at any given time for "building, installing and operating scenery and sound and lighting equipment."
105 - days since the Broadway stagehands' contract expired (July 31).
48 - number of Off-Broadway productions currently playing uninterrupted (the strike is only on Broadway).
27 - total number of struck Broadway shows.
8 - number of Broadway shows still open.
7 - number of days until I am supposed to see a struck Broadway show.
4 1/2 - years since last strike hit Broadway.
4 - number of days that strike by the musicians union lasted.
4 and counting - number of days the current strike has lasted.
3 - number of struck Broadway shows for which I'm currently holding tickets between now and Thanksgiving.
1 - increasingly hopeless Broadway fan....me.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).