Performers and stage managers who help develop hit shows will share in the riches following an agreement reached Friday between their union and producers.
Actors’ Equity said it would prevent its members from testing out material during a play’s development until a new contract is reached.
Actors’ Equity is threatening to bar members from participating in developmental labs without a better financial deal.
The musical grossed more than $4 million, while plays showed surprising strength at the box office, too.
The average age of the Broadway theatergoer last season was 40.6 — the lowest since 2000, the Broadway League says, and 15 percent of theatergoers were under 18.
“The Band’s Visit” won 10 awards, including best musical, and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won best play. Students from Parkland, Fla., gave a surprise performance.
A survey of voters shows several resounding favorites in Sunday’s ceremony. But there are still some tight battles.
The theater season that just ended was remarkably lucrative as producers have become more sophisticated, and more aggressive, about setting prices.
A pair of two-part productions, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and the revival of “Angels in America,” were also showered with affection.