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.
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
Producers have pulled the plug on the remaining shows on The Book Of Mormon‘s national tour amid the show’s prolonged hiatus. The Tony-winning smash was set to wrap its North American trek later this summer, but due to ongoing cancellations of events due to COVID-19, previously scheduled shows will... Read more
Broadway will have to keep its doors closed for two more months than originally planned. In March, the Great White Way went quiet when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people across the state due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Broadway League announced... Read more
Broadway theaters and Disney parks remain shut down due to coronavirus, however, fans can experience the best of both worlds in a new livestream special. “Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney On Broadway” united Broadway stars from high and low at the New Amsterdam Theatre last November. The one-night-only... Read more
With Broadway theaters presumable shut down for the foreseeable future, would-be patrons are now flooding ticketing platforms with questions regarding the cancellation of shows. Broadw.ai, an artificial intelligence system within the Broadway network, is adjusting accordingly by adapting its software to handle the influx of customer issues. Broadw.ai and... Read more
This winter, RENT is heading out on its 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour for one final season. RENT, which has become a cultural phenomenon, will cross the country with a cast to be announced at a later date. The current touring production of the show, which was scheduled through May... Read more
The city that never sleeps has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Amid the outbreak and rising death toll numbers, New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo asked volunteers to help create N95 masks and other protective equipment. Although Broadway is shut down, people within... Read more
Earlier this month, Broadway was forced to shut its doors due to concerns over coronavirus. Now, two weeks later, the Broadway League is still unsure about when the Great White Way will open again. On Thursday, the League President Charlotte St. Martin reportedly sent an email to staff and... Read more
The Tony Awards, a longtime pinnacle for Broadway achievement, have been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered the Great White Way. The show was originally set to take place June 7 at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast live on CBS. Its presenters are now... Read more