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.
In an interview with Howard Stern at the start of the week, Alec Baldwin discussed the possibility of writing and starring in a solo Trump show on Broadway, with Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels producing. Baldwin won the “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” Emmy this year for... Read more
New York, NY – December 12, 2017 – The Broadway League is pleased to announce that Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions, was elected as Chairman of the Board of The Broadway League today. Mr. Schumacher takes over the role from Chairman Robert E. Wankel, President, The... Read more
Head Over Heels, a new musical featuring the songs of The Go-Go’s and co-produced by Gwyneth Paltrow, is headed to Broadway in 2018, Broadway.com confirmed today. The site says: Inspired by Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th-century pastoral romance Arcadia, the new musical is described as an Elizabethan love story turned on its... Read more
In an interview with the L.A. Times, former alternate on Broadway and current star in the touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Hamilton, Michael Luwoye reveals he will officially step into that role of Alexander Hamilton on the Broadway stage starting in January of next year.... Read more
SpongeBob SquarePants, the new musical based on the Nickelodeon animated series, opens today, December 4 at Broadway’s Palace Theatre after beginning previews on November 6. The show is directed by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow, music supervision by Tom Kitt, and choreography by Tony winner Christopher... Read more
Meteor Shower, a comedic play written by Steve Martin featuring a star-studded cast of Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jeremy Shamos, and Laura Benanti, opened at the Booth Theatre last night on Broadway, and reviews have been ambivalent. The obvious star of the show (pun only somewhat intended) is Amy... Read more
Singer-songwriters, collaborators, and friends Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz will sing together again on stage for two weeks in the Broadway musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Playbill reports. Bareilles made her Broadway debut earlier this year in the lead role of the show, for which she wrote... Read more
The new Broadway production of David Henry Hwang’s 1988 play M. Butterfly has set an early closing date of January 14, 2018 at the Cort Theatre due to mixed reviews and lack of success at the box office. The first revival of the original, Tony Award-winning play is directed... Read more
Broadway broke its record for the best Thanksgiving week ever this year, with help from shows Come From Away and Hamilton, which both broke individual records last week, as well. Between Thanksgiving Day Parade tourism and a stacked list of popular shows, Broadway grossed $39.07 million from 31 shows... Read more
Bruce Springsteen’s ever-popular residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre has been extended once again, this time into the summer of 2018. The show was originally scheduled to run for eight weeks, but just hours after tickets went on sale back in August, it was more than doubled. With all... Read more