A stagehand holds up fabric on a dark stage.

During the teching period, Broadway tours pay rent to the venue and wages to the local stagehands union, providing financial stability for the theaters and their employees. Erica E. Phillips / CT Mirror

Stagehand members of IATSE Local 74 prepare the set for a traveling performance of “HITS! The Musical” backstage at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven on March 7, 2023.