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 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
Broadway Continues to Play it Hot Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending August 5, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy Is the rent increasing on Broadway? Yes, according to the production of Rent; there was a hefty and enviable 33% increase in ticket sales this past week. That put the... Read more
Another Plum of a Week for Patrons of Broadway Theatre to Pick Weekly Broadway Ticket Sales Report By Carol-Ann Rudy Legally Blonde joined the ranks of No. six on the list of highest grossing productions on Broadway this past week with $1,006,075 and 89% capacity. The others in... Read more
GREASE: BETTER THAN THE 50’S EVER WERE (and quite possibly more fun!) By Carol-Ann Rudy FANS—screaming, shrieking, and heard all over midtown Broadway! The Beatles? The Rolling Stones? The Spice Girls? No, Grease this past Tuesday night. You’d have thought it was Opening Night, which takes place on... Read more
Weekly Broadway Ticket Sales Report By Carol-Ann Rudy A good week! The five highest grossing productions on Broadway were: Wicked $1,468,400 at 100% capacity; The Lion King $1,291,898 at 100%; Jersey Boys $1,211,053 at 100%; Mary Poppins $1,191,101 at 98%; and Beauty and the Beast at almost 100%... Read more
Claire Danes will make her Broadway debut as Eliza Doolittle in a revial of George Bernard Shaw’s classic play Pygmalion. Pygmalion spawned the classic musical ‘My Fair Lady’ and was most recently revived on Broadway over two decades ago. Danes will star opposite Tony award winner Jefferson Mays and... Read more
Variety is reporting that Broadway is suffering from a bout of the summer doldrums. Sales slumped $1.5 million last week, with the total sagging to $18,547,188. More than half of the 28 shows on the boards saw declines, with “Grey Gardens” slipping by more than $70,000 despite Monday’s announcement... Read more
The New York Post is reporting on a possible shutdown this fall as producers are battling with stagehands over union contract details. The stagehands are currently working sans contract and, according to the Post, are unlikely to go on strike until the busy fall season comes when it will... Read more
Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending July 1, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy There was a considerable drop in ticket sales on Broadway, from $20,428,069 the previous reporting period to $19,662,121 this past week. Overall, the season compares very favorably, $99,261,242 to date, with last season, $92,231,391. That’s a... Read more