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Question: I have a question about contracts for touring shows which end up on Broadway at some point during the run of the tour. Most recent examples include Bring It On, as well as the return of Fela! and Hair. I'm sure these shows began with regular touring contracts in place for the cast, stage managers, and creative team. When they go to Broadway, do they have to write all new Production Contracts for everyone involved in the show? What happens to the touring contracts already in place?—Jeffrey Martin, Utah.
In the old days, when a show left Broadway for the road, it was gone for good. No longer. Shows like the recent Broadway revival of Hair jump back and forth between Times Square and the regional markets, returning to New York—often in summer—when they spy an open theatre and a window in the tourist market.
The unions that represent the various professionals on these Broadway-touring-Broadway enterprises are well prepared for such venue fluctuations. Basically, the set-up is this: You're on Broadway, you pay Broadway salaries, no matter if this is your first, second, or 17th visit.
"Some of Equity's contracts have provisions for a New York stop along the tour, requiring an increase in salary to meet New York standards," explained Equity spokesperson Maria Somma. "Bring It On, Fela! and Hair are examples of shows on such contracts. Other shows on tour are on a Production Contract from the beginning with the intent to bring the show to Broadway for an unlimited open-ended stay."