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.
Two-time Tony Award winner and Broadway favorite Matthew Broderick is set to star in a new work by playwright Kenneth Lonergan. “The Starry Messenger” is currently set to be staged at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Ticket on sale date and full performance schedule due out soon. Read more
Word from Playbill is the Grinch will return to Broadway this holiday season, this year planting himself and his little dog Max at the St. James Theatre beginning November 1st. The Grinch is on a limited engagement through January 6, 2008. Tickets are sure to go fast. Read more
Broadway Ticket Sales Report: Week ending April 29th, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy TicketNews.com Kiss Broadway goodbye — “Prelude To a Kiss” did just that on Sunday, April 29. It was a limited engagement, previewing Feb. 17 and opening on March 8. One of its stars, John Mahoney, may be... Read more
Week ending April 15th, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy It was hot again on Broadway this past week regardless of the weather, with total grosses of $21,398,054, down a tad from the last reporting period. Once again, five productions are hovering between the million and million-and-a-half dollar mark: “Wicked” $1,402,980... Read more
YAHOO — Everyone has seen those shady characters hawking ducats a safe distance from Broadway theatres. And a sizable percentage of theatergoers has resorted to what’s known in professional circles as the “secondary ticket sales market” at one time or another. Some experts contend that on any given night,... Read more
Week ending April 15th, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy TicketNews.com Eighteen productions posted audiences at 90% or over capacity–and seven of those at 100%. The gross receipts nearly matched last week’s ticket sales, at $22,462,313 with a total attendance of 299,749. In the money again was “Wicked” with $1,487,336 followed... Read more
Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending April 8th, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy This has been a bonus week on Broadway, if the total gross receipts are any measure: $22,927,790, a significant increase over the previous reporting period. Twelve productions enjoyed more than 98% full houses, and five of those... Read more
Reality Tv World Despite being chosen by America to play the leads of Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko in this summer’s Broadway Grease revival that has already eclipsed $9 million in ticket sales, Crumm and Osnes are reportedly not the favorites of some theater goers that already bought tickets.... Read more
By Carol-Ann Rudy More previews and openings on Broadway! “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” a play by Eugene O’Neill, began previews March 29 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The opening is set for April 9th. “Inherit the Wind,” a revival of the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E.... Read more
According to Roger Friedman of Fox News, negotiations are in the works for Leonardo DiCaprio to star this fall in a Broadway revival of “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.” Friedman also reports that Al Pacino, Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman may also be hitting B’Way this year. Read more