After adding an unprecedented fifth night at the Neptune Theatre, comedian Dave Chappelle will hold the record for the longest run at that venue (if everything goes according to plan), from Monday, Oct. 13 to Friday, October 17. How does that translate into dollars?
We did a little back-of-the-envelope math. With a ticket price of $55, and a seating capacity of 700 for those evenings, that’s $38,500. Chappelle is playing two sets a night, for a total of 10 ticketed shows, which multiplied by the per-show gross, comes out to $385,000. How much of that Chappelle himself walks away with is unclear. Live Nation Entertainment, which is putting the shows on, didn’t return calls for comment.
In any case, Seattle Theatre Group, which operates the Neptune won’t necessarily be getting a larger chunk of change than usual. According to spokesman Antonio Hicks, the show is a rental arrangement with Live Nation, which means a flat fee goes to STG. Hicks, declined to say what the fee is, but did say it was “negotiable,” and not necessarily more for Chappelle than any other acts.
But there is the $1.50 “facility fee” STG tacks onto every Neptune ticket sold. Which using the same math as above, puts $10,500 into the non-profits coffers. Not bad, but likely far less than Chappelle — who famously walked away from a $50 million TV deal — will take home from Seattle.