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.
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 TicketNews.com 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
By Carol-Ann Rudy TicketNews.com Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending June 24, 2007 As summer heats up, so does Broadway with a modest increase in ticket sales this reporting period, from $20,065,645 the previous period to $20,428,069 this past week. Overall, this season compares very favorably to last season:... Read more
Word from Playbill.com is Disney’s Tarzan will be closing in July. The extravagant Disney musical, based on its own animated movie, will have played over 450 performances by the time the curtains close at the Richard Rodgers Theatre July 8th. Read more
Playbill reports that two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane is set to star in David Mamet’s newest comedy,…more November, which will open on Broadway January 17, 2008, with previews scheduled to begin December 21st. Lane will play incumbent President Smith on the eve of another election and revolve around... Read more
Young Frankenstein The Musical, based on Mel Brooks’ beloved 70’s comedy, will open on Broadway November 8th at the Hilton Theatre…morewith preview performances currently scheduled to begin October 11th. Roger Bart will portray Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Shuler Hensley will play the Monster, and Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster, Fred Applegate... Read more
By Carol-Ann Rudy TicketNews.com Week ending June 3rd, 2007 Pirates come and pirates go, and “The Pirate Queen” will close June 17th. Weekly grosses fell far short of expectations, dropping to only $442,065 at 54% capacity this past week. The production did not garner a single Tony nomination in... Read more
By Carol-Ann Rudy TicketNews.com Week ending May 20th, 2007 This week’s ticket sales of $20,736,201 are up from the previous week’s sales of $20,063,202. As usual, there are five productions–all musicals–in the million-dollar-plus range. They are: “Wicked” $1,389,293 at 100% capacity; “Jersey Boys” $1,195,765 at 100%; “The Lion King”... Read more