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.
Many artists’ lives have been portrayed in Broadway shows over the past few years, including Cher, Carole King, and The Temptations. Now, “Sweet Caroline” fans can rejoice as a new Neil Diamond musical is in the works. The new biographical musical will portray the Brooklyn-born singer’s life and career,... Read more
The Cher Show and King Kong will close on Broadway this fall following slim box office sales after the Tony awards earlier this month. Although The Cher Show won Tony Awards for Stephanie J. Block’s performance and costume design by Bob Mackie, the show failed to bring in more... Read more
Girl From The North Country is coming to Broadway’s Belasco Theatre next year after smash-hit runs on the West End. The show, which is set in 1934, revolves around a “time-weathered guesthouse in the heartland of America,” shedding light on old dreams and new beginnings for a group of... Read more
It seems that every time the highly-acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton hits a new theater, fans are sent into a frenzy. So, when tickets went on sale for Proctors in Schenectady, New York, the inevitable happened: too many fans tried to buy tickets at the same time. Yesterday, Hamilton tickets... Read more
Disney’s Hercules will soon make its debut as a stage musical in a limited Off Broadway run at New York’s Delacorte Theater. The show is slated to premiere August 31 and remain at the 1,800-seat open air theater for several free performances through September 8. It is presented by... Read more
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will return to Broadway this fall with a new project, the improvisational freestyle rap show Freestyle Love Supreme. The stage show – which incorporates both improv troupe comedy and freestyle rap – will open at the Booth Theater on September 13, where it will stay... Read more
Derren Brown: Secret, a show of mixed magic and mind reading, will debut on Broadway this fall following a sold-out run at the Atlantic Theater Company. Brown, the UK Netflix and YouTube star, performs concerts showing his expertise in mind reading, persuasion, and psychological illusion. His show, Secret, is described... Read more
Dave Chappelle will make his Broadway debut this summer for a round of standup shows at New York City’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Ahead of the residency, Chappelle can be found performing in Atlanta at the Tabernacle for a four-night run. The residency will kick-off on July 9, followed by four... Read more
While virtual reality may not be typically associated with Broadway, experts are trying to bring the technology to top-nominated shows in the industry, providing another dimensional aspect to beloved plays. John Gore, who produces Tony Award-winning shows like The Band’s Visit, Dear Evan Hansen, and Hello, Dolly!, is teaming... Read more