Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Strike By The Numbers

Strike By The Numbers

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).

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8 Comments:

At 13 November, 2007, Blogger Esther said...

Wow, it's pretty interesting to just see the numbers by themselves.

I know how much this next trip means to you and I'm sorry that things are looking so bleak right now.

 
At 14 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

alot of numbers,
Things not included.
The number of lower paid "pink contract" employees

These shows load in with 8 or so Pinks
These guys are not local one members.but are members of IATSE.

 
At 14 November, 2007, Anonymous buggy said...

Hew Steve
300 or so stagehands making top pay
what part of the 1 billion are they

 
At 14 November, 2007, Anonymous rocky said...

Neither side is talking to the other. Silent pickets stand in front of locked theater lobbies. Other unions, including Actors' Equity and the musicians' local, have lined up in support of the stagehands. Even Broadway press agents, instructed by their own union to honor Local 1's picket line, are silent.

 
At 14 November, 2007, Anonymous OnOne said...

The league wants to have flexibility in how many stagehands are hired for shows, and does not want to use four if all are not needed.

The union also has cost of living and pension concerns. The annual salary for stagehands ranges from $67,500 to $88,500, according to the union, which would not disclose what increases it seeks.

Associated Press
Even straight Plays use 4 guys
LightBoard;Curtain; Props; Sound

Who is the league KIDDING
Oh Yes, My 84.0000 is killing them

how many layers of "Miss" Management are there.
Oh BTW How much does Charlotte make?

 
At 14 November, 2007, Anonymous onone said...

Hey I gave myself a raise.
$84,000

 
At 14 November, 2007, Anonymous SpotOne said...

Beep when you pass the picket line Steve
Ill wave!

 
At 14 November, 2007, Anonymous propgal said...

May I recomend NY Times artical
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/theater/14stagehand.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1195040383-vmY2ci3yXxSTWKuvLBNwZg

 

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