HR Monday Musical – Celine Dion

The HRi has always enjoyed theatre, and can’t watch a stage play or movie without thinking about the HR issues presented. It’s a curse.

I know I have reserved this category for Broadway musicals, but on Wednesday my wife and I attended the Celine Dion concert at the Caesar’s Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas. Amazing. Everything about it was amazing. Even to the follow-up email I received from Celine herself thanking me for attending! The email included a link that had a short video of Celine saying “Thank You”, only when I went to show it to my wife, I couldn’t. The link is good for one view only.

But, of course, in the minutes before Celine took the stage, I put on my HR hat and started to think about how many people are employed because of this show. Here’s a short list of what I started to consider.

  1. Musicians and singers – I counted 29 on stage at the busiest moments.
  2. That many musisicians requires a support staff – music librarians, piano technicians, etc – 12
  3. Theatre ushers, ticket takers, and metal detector operators – I estimated 200 (that’s about 1 per 200 guests)
  4. Ongoing promotions and office staff – 15
  5. Concession sales in the theatre – 150
  6. Crew for lights, stage, effects, sound – 100
  7. Box office – 24
  8. Celine store next to the theatre – 20

The show included a significant number of special effects and video segments, that would also require significant numbers of technicians, artists and programmers to make happen. Like those who produce the glossy, beautifully photographed program, their work is over when the show is first presented. But they were still employed to support the show.

Because the casino has this show, that brings additional traffic, which means they probably need a larger floor and restaurant staff on show nights. And when 41oo people leave the venue, a significant number of them venture out into the streets to head to their next destination, including their hotel. Are there more taxi rides on the night of the show? Probably, and I think you could say that some small percentage of taxis are due to those additional people.

In the seven items on my list, I am accounting for over 500 people, so there needs to by HR folks involved somewhere, right? And probably from different companies or agencies, because these people don’t all work for Celine, Inc. Maybe a couple of the musician’s are on her payroll, but all the other people work for various other entities. Then there are certainly accountants and lawyers involved to make sure everything is handled correctly.

So what do you imagine is the ripple effect when Celine decides that she doesn’t want to do this anymore? My guess is that 1,000 people would have a financial impact in one form or another. A lot of the folks I have included above would move on to the next performance in that space, or others might find new work right away, but there would still be a significant impact. Maybe that explains the metal detectors.

Anyone want to guess what happens when Oprah quits it all?


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