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.
Just following Halloween, the acclaimed 1983 ghost story by Susan Hill, The Woman In Black, will hit Chicago’s Royal George Theatre, kicking-off a national Broadway tour. On November 15, The Woman In Black will begin previews, and the show will officially open on November 18. Featured actors include Chicago’s... Read more
Earlier this week, Broadway fans received a major discount on tickets to the $13 million show Gettin’ the Band Back Together, as tickets were accidentally priced for a mere $16.95 instead of the actual price of $169.50. According to Forbes, industry insiders suspect that as the show approached its... Read more
Roald Dahl’s classic story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will embark on a national Broadway tour this Fall, bringing a sweet treat to venues across the country. We’ve loved the view from here, but it’s time to set out from our #Broadway factory and prepare for our national tour... Read more
New York ticket resale law updates passed both the Senate and Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, moving through to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing. The bill passed the Senate first, coming through at a 52-8 margin. It passed the Assembly by a 105-1 margin. It is widely... Read more
Fans of the legendary pop icon Michael Jackson can reminisce the singer’s life in a new musical, set to hit the Broadway stage in 2020. Jackson’s estate, along with Columbia Live Stage, announced the agreement to develop a stage musical on Tuesday. The production, which is unnamed as of... Read more
The Shubert Organization, one of the primary organizations lobbying hard to add onerous restrictions to the right of consumers to re-sell their own tickets in New York, is in fact a major player in the secondary market itself, scalping its own tickets at steep markup while misleading consumers that... Read more
The 72nd annual Tony Awards took place last night, honoring the best shows in the theater industry. This year, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child and The Band’s Visit stole the show. The Band’s Visit, a musical revolving around an Egyptian police orchestra who are stranded in Israel, took... Read more
The star of Harry Potter will return to Broadway, but instead of a wizard he will be playing a fact-checker in the new play The Lifespan of a Fact. The new production, which Radcliffe will co-star in alongside Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale, is adapted from a 2012 book,... Read more
In honor of the legendary pop-star Cher, the Broadway musical The Cher Show will hit theaters later this year, showcasing her story that has stretched over six decades. Preceding the opening on Broadway, The Cher Show will play a limited engagement at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre from June 12 through... Read more
When Spongebob Squarepants hit Broadway, critics weren’t quite sure of how the run would play out, but since its debut in December of last year, the show has garnered stellar reviews and 12 Tony Award nominations. Nearly everyone knows the classic cartoon TV show about a sponge who lives... Read more