Broadway consists of the 40 professional theaters scattered across New York City’s Theatre District, including the Ambassador, Imperial, Majestic, and Shubert Theatres, among others. Collectively, the theaters are quoted to bring in over $900 million dollars a year. Theatre in New York got its foot-hold during the mid-to-late 1700s, at which time The Park, The Bowery, and The Astor Place Theatres were established. Originally focusing on the works of Shakespeare, Broadway moved in the musical direction during the mid-1800s with productions of “The Black Crook,” and the Gilbert and Sullivan “H.M.S. Pinafore,” among others. Actors on Broadway make a big distinction between their profession on what they call the “legitimate stage,” and other more variety oriented acts like vaudeville and burlesque.
Current masterpieces to hit Broadway for the 2009-2010 season include “Chicago,” “South Pacific,” “Wicked,” “Hair,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Lion King,” and “Jersey Boys,” to name a few.
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“High prices are a natural reflection of great demand and scant supply. In a free market, in which private individuals can engage in mutually advantageous gains from trade, they are inevitable until demand subsides or supply expands….I don’t object to ticket resales above face value, and I think it is... Read more
SAM PARKER’S smile was so big, he looked as if he’d just won the lottery. Which he had: to “Hamilton,” the hottest show on Broadway. Mr. Parker, a young actor who said he wouldn’t be able to afford a regularly priced ticket, lucked out at a recent lottery drawing... Read more
Bypassing the typical out-of-town tryouts, Something Rotten! has hit Broadway, landing itself at the St. James Theatre. The Musical has received a number of glowing reviews, and has already been nominated for 10 Tony awards. So, what is it about the show that has critics raving? Is it the... Read more
The Police star Sting has announced that he will be the 5-week star of his Broadway show, “The Last Ship.” This show has always been Sting’s baby, but this is the first time that he will be acting in it himself, taking over the lead role from friend Jimmy... Read more
Summary by Brittany Harmon Hedwig and the Angry Inch recently opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, the famous musical stars Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig, a transgender rock singer, and Lena Hall, who is fresh out of Broadway’s... Read more
Summary by Jan Piper, TicketNews Ramin Karminloo, the actor currently playing Jean Valjean in Les Miserables will be lightening his work load in the coming months for vocal rest and personal reasons. This month, he will not be performing during the matinees on the 19th and 26th. But, beginning... Read more
Summary by Dean Knightly, TicketNews: The well-received musical Aladdin is returning to Broadway on February 26 starring Adam Jacobs as Aladdin and Courtney Reed as Jasmine. The production tells the story of a street-urchin and his eccentric companions, Abu and the Genie, as he strives to win the affection... Read more
Summary By Dayna Stein, TicketNews Carly Rae Jepsen, best known for her hit single “Call Me Maybe,” is trading in the concert stage for the theater stage this upcoming year. It was announced earlier this week that Jepsen will be taking over the role of Cinderella in the Rodgers... Read more
Summary by Dyana Ryba, TicketNews: Billy Crystal has returned to Broadway with his Tony Award winning play, 700 SUNDAYS. It is an autobiography-based performance about Billy’s life growing up in Manhattan, as Billy plays various characters that have had some kind of significant influence on his life. After its... Read more