Hamilton Cast Will Get a Share of the Show's Profits

News   Hamilton Cast Will Get a Share of the Show's Profits
 
The industry now wonders if this sets a precedent.
The cast of <i>Hamilton</i>
The cast of Hamilton Photo by Joan Marcus

The producers of Broadway's Hamilton have struck a deal to give the megahit show's original cast members a share of the profits, according to a New York Times report.

The report said that the producers "bowed to pressure" from more than two dozen actors and dancers who had engaged a lawyer because they felt their participating in the show's development helped bring it to where it is today.

However, their victory raises questions about how performers ought to be compensated in other shows during their development period.

Details of the agreement were not immediately made public, though the performers' attorney, Ronald H. Shechtman, issued a statement saying his clients will get an unspecified share of “the profit stream from the play.”

Lead producer Jeffrey Seller confirmed the deal, but also offered no details.

The show, which recently paid off its initial investment, is now clearing some $500,000 in profit per week, the Times reported, and appears to be only at the beginning of a long run. Two other U.S. productions and a London production have been announced.

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