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.
The city that never sleeps has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Amid the outbreak and rising death toll numbers, New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo asked volunteers to help create N95 masks and other protective equipment. Although Broadway is shut down, people within... Read more
Earlier this month, Broadway was forced to shut its doors due to concerns over coronavirus. Now, two weeks later, the Broadway League is still unsure about when the Great White Way will open again. On Thursday, the League President Charlotte St. Martin reportedly sent an email to staff and... Read more
The Tony Awards, a longtime pinnacle for Broadway achievement, have been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered the Great White Way. The show was originally set to take place June 7 at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast live on CBS. Its presenters are now... Read more
Touring musical productions Miss Saigon and Once On This Island have called off the remainder of their cross-country treks in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The acclaimed shows gave their final performances earlier this month amid escalating travel and public gathering restrictions before producers announced they would not continue... Read more
The Tony Awards could end up being the next major event to be disrupted in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. As Broadway endures an unprecedented shutdown of at least four weeks, the Tony Awards now face uncertainty regarding its eligibility and voting period. These virus-fueled changes have some... Read more
At last month’s hearing on the ticketing industry, members of congress heard testimony pointing out the anti-competitive and privacy-violating potential for ticketing systems that bar consumer choice over tickets they have purchased. In the new normal that we will see once the Covid-19 pandemic winds down, a new potential... Read more
Following orders from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Broadway has closed its doors for a month. Now, the Broadway League is reportedly discussing closing shows for the next eight weeks. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that organizers postpone or cancel gatherings of 50 or more people... Read more
With much of the United States hunkered down and anticipating a surge in cases in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is far too early to hazard a guess as to when things may begin getting back to normal. But, in the live events space, there’s one hypothesis for what... Read more
After Broadway announced it would shut down due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, fans were left wondering how they’d receive a refund. Telecharge, Ticketmaster, and other ticketing outlets revealed refund policies, expecting all ticket holders to receive money back by mid-April. Telecharge, which is dubbed the official ticketing site... Read more
From Broadway to the sports world to concerts of all genres, the live event industry as a whole has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds of events taking place across the country have been postponed or cancelled altogether, including a full shutdown of Broadway productions for the coming... Read more