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.

By Carol-Ann Rudy Ever wonder just what you can expect of a Broadway production on Opening Night? To whom do you turn – your neighbor who has attended a preview but whose opinion you wouldn’t accept on a comparison of the merit of paper products, let alone the artistic... Read more
Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending September 9, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy There are still just twenty-one productions, all musicals, on Broadway although a crop of new productions is waiting in the wings to open this month: • Mauritius, Biltmore Theatre, previews begin Sept. 13 • The Ritz,... Read more
By Stacey Willets TicketNews announces its exclusive weekly Top 10s and analysis for the week of 9/03/07 – 9/09/07. OVERALL TOP 10 EVENTS Event This Week Last Week Hannah Montana 1 1 Wicked 2 2 Bruce Springsteen 3 6 Jersey Boys 4 7 Dallas Cowboys 5 9 Van Halen... Read more
By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner – It was downstream all the way for Disney’s pre-Broadway engagement of The Little Mermaid. After four weeks of previews and nearly three weeks of performances, the Broadway-bound musical sold 100 percent of its tickets in its run at the 2,245-capacity Denver... Read more
According to MTV News, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will headline the Broadway version of the smash London revival of Equus with his West End castmate, Richard Griffiths. “In all probability, if everything goes according to plan, it would definitely be me and Richard Griffiths and how many other... Read more
Dolly Parton told Los Angeles radio listeners Aug. 28 that 9 to 5, the new musical for which she has penned songs, will open on Broadway in spring 2009. . . The musical being shepherded by producer Robert Greenblatt is based on the 1980 film comedy about secretaries. Parton,... Read more
Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending August 26, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy What a difference a week makes! There are now just twenty-one productions on Broadway, with the last remaining play, The Year of Magical Thinking, closing this past weekend with an admirable increase in attendance of 11.8%... Read more
A “Wicked” Defeat: Hannah Montana and Van Halen’s Tours Trump Top Broadway Musical By Stacey Willets Wicked’s dominance in the TicketNews exclusive weekly Top Tens is melting as a precocious new pop star and the return of Eddie and Diamond Dave send the flying monkeys packing. Ding dong!... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. The stock market might be in a tizzy, but Broadway continues to be a pretty safe bet, as evidenced this week by the news that gross ticket sales on the Great White Way are up for the year-to-date compared to 2006. So far for the... Read more
Broadway Ticket Sales Up 10% Compared to This Time Last Season Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending August 12, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy – Broadway ticket sales this week were on the low end of the seesaw at $18,282,467, down slightly compared to the previous week’s report of... Read more