Broadway is a collection of 40 professional theatres in New York City, each with a seating capacity of 500 or more. They are located in Midtown Manhattan, NY’s Theatre District, and Lincoln Center. Theatre was not popular in New York City until the mid-1700s, when a 280-seat resident theatre company opened on Nassau Street. The American Revolutionary War temporarily halted the growth of theater in New York City, but once the war was over, it resumed its growth. The location of theatre hot spots changed until the 1920s and 1930s, when many were built in the Broadway area and became known collectively as the ‘Great White Way.’ Despite the name, the majority of theatres are not located on Broadway. The majority are in the Theatre District, with only four on Broadway.
The Wiechquaekeck Trail used to be a trade route for the Algonquin Native Americans.
The Playhouse was one of the first theaters to open on Broadway in the 1730s.
It’s possible that Broadway was dubbed the “Great White Way” because it was the first to use light bulbs on signs.
To be eligible for this honor, a Broadway theater must seat at least 500 people.
To be considered Off-Broadway, a theater must seat between 100 and 499 people.
Off-Broadway theaters can accommodate up to 99 people.
In Broadway theaters, there are no “I” rows. This helps to avoid confusion and disappointment if someone believes their ticket says “Row 1.”
If a Broadway play is profitable, it can run for many years.
The longest-running Broadway show is The Phantom of the Opera. It has been in operation since 1988. Chicago is the second largest city, having opened in 1996.
The Tony Awards were created to be the theater equivalent of the Academy Awards (Oscars).
It is estimated that tourists purchase approximately 70% of Broadway tickets.
It is estimated that approximately 68 percent of Broadway audience members are female.
Many successful Broadway plays, such as Grease, Les Miserables, Funny Girl, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mama Mia, Chicago, My Fair Lady, and The Sound of Music, were later adapted into Hollywood films.
The majority of Broadway theatre owners and producers of Broadway plays are members of The Broadway League, a trade organization that promotes Broadway.
Discounted tickets are available in NYC at Times Square, Duffy Square, and Brooklyn. Tickets can be purchased at a 50 percent discount on the day of the show or for the next day’s matinée.
To pique the public’s interest, many actors from film and television are cast in Broadway plays. However, because they have other commitments in Hollywood, these actors tend to do shorter runs.
Broadway is a highly profitable tourist attraction. Tickets for Broadway shows sold for $1.36 billion in 2014.
The majority of Broadway shows are musicals, but plays are also performed.
Booth Theatre, The Broadway Theatre, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Gershwin Theatre, Neil Simon Theatre, and Studio 54 are some of the names of Broadway theaters.