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.
Following the holiday rush, Broadway box office sales took a slight decline last week, dropping 28 percent to $31 million, Deadline reports. Attendance reportedly dropped to 259,101, which fell 18 percent from the previous week, Deadline noted in a report from the trade group Broadway League. The show roster... Read more
Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical, a show with ties to Australia, will hold a benefit performance and a benefit concert to raise funds for the ongoing wildfires Down Under. The benefit performance will take place on January 26 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre to coincide with the nation’s Australia... Read more
Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, the groundbreaking play by Jane Chambers, will head to Broadway for the first time following its Off-Broadway debut in 1980. The play will be produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Lil Tomlin, Harriet Newman Leve, and Jane Wagner, with direction by Cynthia Nixon.... Read more
The Tony Award winning actress Lea Salonga is heading out on a North American tour this spring in support of some new music. The tour will kick-off in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 3 and 4, followed by gigs in Vancouver, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Lancaster. She’s also slated to appear... Read more
Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson are behind the creation of the Broadway musical based on their 1990s sitcom The Nanny. The project was just announced this week by producers Brian and Scott Zeilinger with direction by Marc Bruni and music by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger.... Read more
Hamilton proved to be the biggest show in Chicago, but now, after the three-year run, its closing in the city. Last night, the show closed for a sold-out performance at the CIBC Theatre, and after three years, the play officially garnered over $400 million in gross sales at the... Read more
As cellphones become more and more of a problem during live events, the Broadway show Freestyle Love Supreme is stepping up and taking action to end phone usage through the service Yondr. Yondr locks fans’ cellphones in a pouch during an event where they can only access the phone if... Read more
Broadway’s West Side Story was slated to open in February, but the show’s opening has been delayed while the lead man recovers from a knee injury. Producer Scott Rudin revealed the news that the show will be postponed from February 6 to 20 to give lead actor Isaac Powell... Read more
Broadway’s To Kill A Mockingbird will set a special free one-night performance at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for over 18,000 public school students. The show, set to take place on February 26, 2020, will mark the first performance of a Broadway show at the legendary venue. Over... Read more
Album bundling has become a well-known tactic in the industry, boosting artists’ latest record on the charts due to ticket sales, and now, the idea has been extended to Broadway. The Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill, based on Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album of the same name, debuted on Broadway... Read more