Our friend and Broadway swing Chip Abbott shared the following post on Facebook this week. We asked him to share an edited version of his personal opinion here.
"I want to say something about Broadway, because it is bothering me to no end: What is up with actors complaining about their Broadway jobs on social media? Do people not know what they signed up for?"
"I get it, I know it is hard to do 8 shows a week. I've been you many times. When I performed at Radio City Music Hall, we did 16 shows every week. Whether you are in Beautiful, Wicked, Cats, Kinky Boots, name any show... Everyone is in the same boat."
"I also understand that the giant paycheck that comes along with a Broadway contract wilts to a sum that is not quite as large and sometimes disappointing. If you hate it so much, then step aside and let the girl or guy lined up with 300 other people around the block at Pearl Studios take your place. Evaluate if the struggle is worth the payoff and if it doesn't align with what you truly want, then do something else."
"My point is, have some perspective and sensitivity when posting on social media. Think of what it was like to dream of one day being on Broadway and save the complaining about what is quite honestly a dream job for most for closer friends in person."
"Again, I am not stating that these vents and rants are invalid. I have seen at least nine people complain this week about their Broadway shows. Broadway is HARD! I get it, I've been there. There are bigger and greater things. Lead with class and ask yourself how complaining will fix the 'problem.' Remember those #gratefuls when booking the gig and put a little focus on perspective."