We know now that he wants to lose 50 administrative jobs (although he has persuaded the NY Times that it’s less).
We also know that he has to find $20 million in savings this season in order to make up a shortfall in donations and box-office.
Cutting 50 jobs does not save anywhere near $20 million. So where does he cut next?
Expect more sales of the family jewels.
Expect a cross-the-board trim to production budgets, little snips that he hopes no-one will notice.
The most worrying option that we’re hearing is a reduction in rehearsal time. It’s just a whisper at the moment, nothing down on paper, but that is not a good route to go down. It is a measure of Gelb’s desperation that it is even being contemplated. But where else can he save money? And how can he get disaffected audiences and donors to stream back to the Met?
Answers in the space below, please.