UVU paying $50,000 for ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ actor to speak at the university

March 22, 2019

Utah Valley University will pay more than $100,000 for a Broadway star and a TV actor to appear at the university next week.

The university has a slew of activities planned for The Week of Dreams, which will celebrate both the ribbon cutting of the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts and the inauguration of President Astrid Tuminez.

UVU will pay the Greater Talent Network, LLC in New York $50,000 for Terry Crews, a former NFL player, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star and activist, to appear at a handful of events, and will pay a $60,000 flat guarantee for Sierra Boggess, a Broadway actress known for roles such as Christine Daae in “The Phantom of the Opera” and Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” to perform, according to contracts for Crews and Boggess obtained through a public records request.

Jason Alexander, of “Seinfeld” fame, will perform a concert free of charge to the university at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Smith Theatre.

Crews’ events include the hour-long A Morning with Terry Crews event, 15 minutes worth of press interviews, a lecture at 11 a.m. Thursday in the UCCU Center and an hour-long VIP luncheon.

His lecture is free for UVU students and $10 for the general public.

In addition to the $50,000, UVU will also cover the cost of first-class, roundtrip airfare, hotel suite accommodations for the newest AAA 4/5 diamond hotel of Crews’ choice, meals and ground transportation. A security guard provided by UVU will remain with Crews at all times while he is on site.

Boggess will receive an additional $500 stipend for meals and incidentals in addition to up to three single rooms at an Orem hotel, one roundtrip, business class airfare for Boggess and two roundtrip, premium/more legroom economy airfares for musicians, plus ground transportation to and from the airport via a professional car service.

She will perform at 8:30 p.m. March 29 in the concert hall of the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, and will lead a master class at the university.

Tickets to her concert are $45 for the general public and $15 for UVU students.

The week’s events were planned prior to the decision to hold the inauguration the same week as the ribbon cutting for the performing arts center, according to Scott Trotter, spokesman for the university.

Trotter said funding was set aside to pay for the appearances, opening center events and presidential lectures. Crews’ lecture will also serve as one of the university’s two biannual presidential lectures.

Ticket prices are planned to help offset the costs of bringing the artists to campus.

“From our standpoint, it’s an investment in our students and their learning experience to expose them to that talent and and thinking,” Trotter said.