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.
Broadway’s Mrs. Doubtfire has announced it will be on an extended hiatus from January 10-March 14. The production is shutting down in hopes of being able to reopen once the current spike in COVID-19 cases subsides. “Mrs. Doubtfire has been in development for six years,” producer Kevin McCollum says.... Read more
Broadway has launched a daily tracker of what shows are performing, an effort to keep consumers aware of what shows are on amid a wave of COVID-related cancellations. The website, accessible via bwaytoday.com, is updated daily and shows performances across the Broadway world for the next seven days. Despite... Read more
The Broadway League announced its new slate of leaders, announcing the results of its recent elections last week. The organization, which operates as the national trade association for Broadway and its constituent theatres, voted on its leadership at its Annual Meeting on December 13. In its voting, the organization’s... Read more
Broadway has been dealing with an unwelcome interloper in recent weeks, as COVID has taken center stage, to the chagrin of performers and consumers alike. Breakthrough infections of COVID-19 have caused numerous cancellations of scheduled performances, despite stringent requirements for both performers and audiences to be fully vaccinated against... Read more
The Broadway League announced that it is expanding its requirement for full vaccination against COVID to all patrons over the age of five. All 41 Broadway theaters in New York will now require proof of vaccination for that group beginning December 14, 2021. Those over the age of 11... Read more
Billy Crystal will be back on Broadway in 2022, performing as Buddy Young Jr. in a musical version of the 1992 film Mr. Saturday Night. The production is scheduled to begin on March 1 of next year at the Nederlander Theatre, with an opening night of March 31. “Creating... Read more
Broadway continues its reopening process following the lengthy COVID shutdown, releasing its schedule for performances during the holidays this winter. In addition to announcing plans for specific holidays, shows are also adding some matinee shows on weekdays, to hopefully attract those visiting New York to see popular holiday attractions... Read more
Broadway will continue to require all in attendance (above age 12) to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 through at least the end of February 2022, the Broadway League announced this week. Mask wearing will also be required by all in attendance at all times, save when eating... Read more
Greg Kinnear will make his Broadway debut in January, taking over the lead role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Kinnear will take over the role from Jeff Daniels, who originated the role in the Aaron Sorkin adaptation of the classic novel and returned to Broadway for... Read more
Aladdin, which had to call off a performance almost immediately after reopening due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases among its company is paused once again, calling off several shows due to additional positive COVID tests. Hopes are that the musical, which cancelled Wednesday’s performance a week ago, played Thursday, but... Read more