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.
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
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