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.
Cast members of various Broadway shows are teaming up to provide a digital benefit concert to help raise funds for Broadway Cares’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. The show, dubbed Broadway Does Mother’s Day, will take place this Sunday, May 10 and feature members from Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical,... Read more
Broadway closed its doors in March and isn’t slated to reopen again until June. However, one producer suggests that the Great White Way may not open until next year. UK theater owner and producer Cameron Mackintosh suggested that venues in the U.K. and U.S. may not be able to... Read more
Although music fans are craving live events now more than ever, fewer than half of Americans plan to go to sports events, concerts, movies, and amusement parks when they reopen to the public without a proven coronavirus vaccine, according to a new opinion poll reported by Reuteres/Ipsos. The poll... Read more
Broadway has officially closed its doors through June 7, but now, even national Broadway tours are feeling the burn amid the coronavirus pandemic. The national Broadway tour CATS announced this week that its shows will no longer move forward this year. Originally, the show was slated to run through... Read more
To reopen the New York economy, Governor Andrew Cuomo has compiled a task force of more than 100 civic, community, academic and business leaders. But leaders from one of the state’s hardest-hit industries were surprisingly left out of the discussions. Broadway, which is facing at least a three-month shutdown,... Read more
The cast of Broadway’s Sing Street musical will join forces online for a special benefit concert this month, raising money for The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. The show, dubbed Sing Street: Grounded – At Home With The... Read more
With Broadway currently shutdown until at least June, one of New York’s most prominent fixtures of the Great White Way is struggling to maintain its operations. The Theatre Development Fund, the non-profit organization behind New York’s popular TKTS discount ticket booths, is launching an ambitious fundraising campaign to survive... Read more
The Lion King may be temporarily shuttered on Broadway, but the Tony-winning production is finding creative ways to reach fans and make a difference during abnormal times. Disney Theatrical Productions has launched a virtual learning course surrounding the smash show for millions of kids now learning at home. The... Read more
Only months ago, New York and Los Angeles were the country’s biggest markets for sports and live events. Now, they are struggling as hot spots for COVID-19, combining for a death toll upwards of 12,000 among over 125,000 cases. As lockdowns remain in place and healthcare workers work to... Read more
The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced a Broadway giant to issue temporary layoffs. The Shubert Organization, which owns 17 Broadway theaters and two Off-Broadway venues, has issued furloughs to a portion of its staff. Some 30 percent of the company’s workforce has been furloughed, Variety reports. Affected employees are... Read more