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.
Masks will remain a requirement at all 41 Broadway venues in New York for at least another month, according to The Broadway League. The extension will keep face masks a requirement through at least June 30, though the requirement that all patrons show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 ended... Read more
The ongoing reopening of Broadway saw another important milestone Monday morning as the nominees for the annual Tony Awards were announced by the American Theatre Wing. A Strange Loop was the most-nominated production, earning 11 including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. MJ The... Read more
Multi-award winner playwright Conor McPherson’s Girl from the North Country reopens on April 29 at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. This will mark the show’s second reopening, since it had to close in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak just after a week it premiered on Broadway.... Read more
Fans heading to Broadway won’t be able to ditch their masks just yet, The Broadway League announced Friday. The 41 Broadway theatres in New York have extended the requirement that all who attend shows wear face masks through at least the end of May, extending the rule for another... Read more
Broadway keeps welcoming ‘the after-pandemic-period’ with elegant productions. The Piano Lesson, the revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play prepares to leave its mark on the performing arts scene in fall season, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Doaker Charles. The actor returns to Broadway 11 years later – his... Read more
While many events continue to feel increasingly normal, the impact of COVID-19 on Broadway continues to be felt as new shows open this month. Daniel Craig, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick were all recently announced to have tested positive for the virus, while the new musical A Strange... Read more
Broadway’s MJ the musical has announced plans for a national tour, with Chicago and Charlotte announced as the first two cities. Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre will see the production’s first opening, launching on July 15, 2023. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center will have its opening in... Read more
The long-delayed revival of The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman stands atop the Broadway sales chart, raking in $3.5 million in the first week of show-by-show grosses being reported since March of 2020 by the Broadway League. The numbers show that the return of Broadway is staying strong as... Read more
The Broadway League announced Thursday that it would return to its standard practice of reporting weekly sales totals for individual shows. The change will take place beginning March 22, 2022, which will be the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut the entire show ecosystem down just over two years... Read more
Pamela Anderson will be giving her regards to Broadway, joining the cast of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre in April. The actress, perhaps best known for her work as a lifeguard on TV’s Baywatch and films including Barb Wire, will play the role of Roxie Hart in an eight... Read more