Theatre Roundup

Volume CVI, No. 4April, 2006

“Barbara Cook & Elaine Stritch in Alphabetical Order.” An agreement was negotiated with Lincoln Center for this benefit production. The musicians’ wages are $250 (minimum) for one performance and $42.50 per rehearsal hour, with a minimum two-hour call. The music director/leader premium is 100 percent above the minimum scale. The doubling premiums are 20 percent for the first and 10 percent for additional instruments. The pension contribution is 11 percent, and health pays $23 per performance and $5 per rehearsal. The wages represent a 9 percent increase over a benefit concert performed in 2002, “Anything Goes.”

“Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert.” A collective bargaining agreement was reached with New York City Center for these productions in the 2,600-seat City Center for a three-year contract. This season’s musicians working in the three productions of 2006 — “Kismet,” “70 Girls, 70,” and “Of Thee I Sing” — will receive a minimum scale wage of $1,215.27 for six performances or less. Musicians engaged for three performances in the employer’s “Encores! Concert Event” (i.e. “the Bash”) shall receive the regular performance scale. For this event when there are two performances the scale will be $238.07. When there is only one performance the scale shall be paid per the terms of 802’s club date scale. The premium for the music director/conductor is 100 percent; other premiums are 50 percent for the concertmaster and 20 percent for the first trumpet and drummer. The doubling premiums are 10 percent for the first and 5 percent for additional instruments. Rehearsal and audition minimum scale wages are $47.27 per hour. The wages increase 2 percent in the first year, 2 percent in the second and 2.5 percent in the third, for a total of 6.5 percent over the life of the agreement. Cartage is paid at a maximum of $25 upon receipt. Health is $22 per day and capped at $73.50 per week, except that rehearsal/audition musicians not in conjunction with an orchestra receive $24 per day, capped at $73.50 per week. Pension increased to 11 percent effective Jan. 1, 2006, which rises to 11.5 percent on Jan. 1, 2007 and 12 percent Jan. 1, 2008. The employer agreed to a ban on the virtual orchestra machine.

“Sidd.” The performance wage minimum for this production at the New World Stages is $583.50. The music director premium pays 25 percent and the associate pays 10 percent. The 40-hour week rehearsal/audition musicians earn a minimum wage of $636.54 and $23.87 per hour, with a minimum two-hour call. The orchestra hourly wages are $20.16, with a minimum two-hour call. This production agreed to Local 802’s commercial Off Broadway area standards. Besides the wages listed above, the other terms and conditions of the standards apply. For more detail, contact Principal Theatre Rep Mary Donovan at (212) 245-4802, ext. 156.