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Broadway Employees Will Be Paid for a Portion of Closure Period

Broadway Employees Will Be Paid for a Portion of Closure Period

Broadway producers and the unions that represent the people who work on shows have reached a temporary agreement to pay those employees during the current shutdown.

All shows on Broadway went dark on March 12 until at least April 12, though it is believed that performances will not resume until May or June due to the health crisis.

An “emergency relief agreement” was announced on Friday night (March 20) after the Broadway League negotiated with the labor unions that represent actors, stagehands, ushers, makeup artists, and more.

All employees will be paid their normal salary for the first partial week of the shutdown, though anyone who makes more than the minimum salary will only get 150% of the minimum salary.

For the next two weeks, everyone will be paid at the contractual minimum, which means that Broadway stars who earn more than the minimum are going to get a pay cut.

“We worked really hard with our colleagues in all 14 unions to come up with a fair and generous contract that we hope will tide everyone over until other forms of support can be developed,” said Charlotte St. Martin, the president of the Broadway League (via The New York Times). “Our goal was also to get as many shows to come back as possible, and with the slim margins for 90 percent of the shows on Broadway, we had to take that into consideration.”

Hangmen is the first Broadway play to announce that it will not reopen when Broadway is ready to resume performances.

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