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.

The current Broadway revival of the Kevin Kline/Jennifer Garner-led version of “Cyrano de Bergerac” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre has been extended two weeks, according to producers. Originally scheduled to conclude performances at the Rodgers Dec. 23, the show, with all current cast members, will play through Jan. 6,... Read more
By Carol-Ann Rudy Cry Baby, the musical adaptation of the John Waters’ film that starred Johnny Depp, will likely join Hairspray, the current hit musical based on another one of Waters’ films, on Broadway next year. This newest stage production debuted at the La Jolla Playhouse in California last... Read more
All Broadway shows will be back in business starting tonight, Nov. 29, following the resolution of the stagehands strike. The following is an alphabetical list of all shows currently on Broadway, as of 11 am, Nov. 29, 2007: “Avenue Q” at the Golden Theatre “A Bronx Tale” at the... Read more

Broadway Strike Ends

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Stagehands and Producers Reach Agreement By Alfred Branch, Jr. The 19-day-old strike by the stagehands union against theater owners and producers is over, the two sides announced late Wednesday night in Manhattan. Specific terms of the new deal were not disclosed, but all of the 27 closed shows were... Read more
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week Ending November 25, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy There must have been a great deal of joy in the hearts of every child attending “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” this past week, as the show returned to the Broadway stage despite the ongoing... Read more
Monsters & Critics reports that film star Jessica Alba recently confirmed that she is in talks to play the role of Karen in a revival of David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow,” but the thought of starring on Broadway terrifies her. Madonna played the role in the 1988 adaptation. Jessica said: “I’ve... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. Negotiations between the League of American Theatres and Producers and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to resolve the current Broadway stagehands strike are scheduled to resume Wednesday morning, Nov. 28, according to the two parties. The sides spent several hours negotiating over the... Read more
Figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill will be among the stars for the Broadway on Ice tour, starting Dec. 5 in Corpus Christi, TX. Also headling the tour will be Nancy Kerrigan, Franc D’Ambrosio, Kevin Spirtas, & Special Guest Star – Dale Gonyea. The tour will feature a revolving cast... Read more
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending November 18, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy Fourteen days and counting…of those eight shows up and running on Broadway during the the stagehands strike, it’s Mary Poppins turn to shine as the top box office champ with receipts of $1,122,801 and 100% attendance. Coming... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. A New York judge has decided not to steal the Grinch from its fans over the holidays. The popular family show, ”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical”, will re-open this Friday, Nov. 23, for a new spate of performances, following a ruling... Read more