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.
After a successful limited run at the Hudson Theatre, David Byrne’s stage show American Utopia is coming back for more. The show ended its initial Broadway run on February 16 after 121 performances at the Hudson Theatre, where it set a house box office record earlier this month. Hours... Read more
A performance of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill Broadway musical was cancelled over the weekend after pepper spray accidentally went off during the show. The matinee performance was taking place on Saturday at the Broadhurst Theater when pepper play was deployed during the second act of the musical, causing... Read more
The Disney star Sabrina Carpenter is making her Broadway debut in the highly-acclaimed musical Mean Girls. Carpenter is best-known for her starring role on Disney‘s Girl Meets World, as well as films The Hate U Give, Tall Girl, and The Short History of the Long Road. She’s also dabbled... Read more
David Byrne’s American Utopia may be heading into its final week on Broadway, but the show set a box office record at the Hudson Theatre last week. Currently, American Utopia is running at the theater through February 16 and has only been on Broadway for a limited time. However,... Read more
Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown announced the initial batch of cities scheduled on its forthcoming national tour. The mythological musical will begin the North American tour later this year. However, the only confirmed performance dates thus far are not until 2021. San Diego’s Civic Theatre is one of the early... Read more
The days of spending hundreds of dollars to see Hamilton will soon be over. Well, sort of. The Broadway juggernaut will make its way to the big screen in 2021, but with a twist. Rather than a scripted film adaptation, the upcoming Hamilton movie will feature the show’s original... Read more
Following the highly successful film, “The Karate Kid” is slated to hit the Broadway stage. The movie, which was released in 1984, was written by Robert Mark Kamen and featured actors Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Elizabeth Shue. Kamen, who will write the book for the Broadway show, released... Read more
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