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 1993 hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, which rocked movie theaters with a stellar performance from Robin Williams, may head to Broadway as a new musical in the future. According to Playbill, Tony-nominee Rob McClure, who is currently starring in Beetlejuice, along with Hello, Dolly! star Kate Baldwin, are reportedly... Read more
Jagged Little Pill:The Musical based on Alanis Morissette’s smash-hit 1995 record, will begin performances on Broadway this November at New York City’s Broadhurst Theater. Last year, the show premiered for a 10-week run at Cambridge, Massachusett’s American Repertory Theater and will begin Broadway performances on November 3, followed by... Read more
Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird, which was adapted by Aaron Sorkin, has become the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history, breaking records with $40,113,926.13 in sales in just 27 weeks. Producer Scott Rudin announced the new record last week, which means the play has surpassed Terrence McNally’s... Read more
The musical comedy 1776 will return to Broadway in 2021 as a revival play at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theater in New York City. The revival will be directed by Diane Paulus, the Tony Award-winning director of Pippin, who is currently on Broadway with Waitress and will direct... Read more
Legendary comedy writer and director Mel Brooks is heading back to Broadway, slated to perform a two-night solo show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in June. Brooks, the creative force behind the smash hit The Producers (which itself stemmed from his cult classic film from 1967), hits the stage on... Read more
It’s showtime: the new musical comedy Beetlejuice, based on the cult-classic 1988 film by Tim Burton, will open on Broadway later this month. The play follows Lydia Deetz, a teenager obsessed with “the dead” who stumbles upon a recently-deceased couple that are haunting her new house, and the demon... Read more
The Chicago Cubs made history when they won the World Series in 2016 – their first championship title in 108 years. Now, fans can experience the excitement again in a new musical, Miracle, which is set to premiere on stage this May. The play revolves around a typical blue... Read more
“Brave” pop singer Sara Bareilles will make her return to the music scene this year with the 30-city “Amidst The Chaos Tour” to support her latest record. The Live Nation-produced tour will kick-off this fall starting in Detroit, Michigan on October 5, hitting cities across the U.S. like Chicago,... Read more
Swept Away, a new musical featuring music from the roots group The Avett Brothers, will hit Broadway in 2020. The show is inspired by the band’s 2004 record Mignonette, as well as their vast catalogue of blended rock and folk music. It will focus on the story of a... Read more
Regina Spektor is the latest artist to be added to the new In Residence On Broadway series for a limited concert engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Spektor, who garnered attention in the U.S. with the 2006 LP Begin To Hope, went on to release two No. 3 hit records... Read more