Hamilton’s Profit Sharing

This Bloomberg News piece, “How Hamilton‘s Cast Got Broadway’s Best Deal” is a great article for charting how the performers of Hamilton worked together to achieve retroactive resource distribution and royalty participation for future domestic productions based on their artistic contributions to the piece as it developed off-Broadway.

There are so many issues here! The messiness of collaboration, the fact that the letter itself was collaboratively composed, the classic use of a “buffer” beginning to an “ask” communication, the super shady way the head producer dropped off individual checks with a weird memo that made it seem like everything was over, the fact that the performers probably wouldn’t have known how to go about this and what to ask for if they didn’t have friends in Book on Mormon, and the dicey interpersonal dynamics.

This is a great article to assign for theatre and performance students and/or any communications class.

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