Stage actors may be associated with people who really care about their craft, as opposed to being in entertainment for fame and riches, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get huge paychecks, especially celebrities like Phylicia Rashad. The actor has been in stage plays since 1987’s “Into the Woods,” as BroadwayWorld shows, and she’s been on and off-Broadway ever since. And when an A-lister hits the Great White Way, they can pull in some major cheddar. Take Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, for example, who, according to The New York Times, reportedly made a whopping $100,000 a week when they were in “The Producers.” Now, we don’t have any idea what Rashad was paid each time she was in a play, but her first major stage show came three years after she started on “The Cosby Show,” which must’ve given her some serious leverage at the negotiation table.
And if that wasn’t the case, it’s easy to assume that Rashad had the authority to demand more money after winning a Tony in 2004 for her role in “A Raisin in the Sun,” being the first Black woman to win in that category. Rashad also hit the road for the play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in 2009, which played in London’s West End. Plus, one has to consider the UK’s pound sterling has been stronger than the dollar for some time now, so Rashad raked in even more money for herself. On top of that, as Deadline reported in 2020, she was brought on to direct an off-Broadway play titled “Blue” in New York City, which is yet another paycheck.