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The changing season has brought quite a few new theater shows to the Broadway stages. From stunning musicals to plays that will leave an indelible impression, these are some of the most popular new shows in Broadway.
Musicals and their combination of spoken dialogue, acting, and dance have entertained hearts and minds across the world. Go through this section to discover some of the most amazing musicals being performed in Broadway at the moment.
Taking the forms of comedy, farce, parody, satire, tragedy or drama, storytelling has many forms and watching the best of the best in Broadway plays is one of the most popular things to do in New York.
There are numerous theatres throughout New York that host award-winning theater shows and some of the most popular musicals and plays in New York. Check out some of the best off-broadway shows in New York.
Celebs on Stage
Be it Matthew Broderick in Sylvia or Bruce Willis in Misery, celebrities on Broadway have always been an attraction. Here is a curated collection of shows that feature celebrities from the world of television, movies and music.
Broadway Shows for Kids
Some of the biggest Broadway shows are those that appeal to people of all ages. These kid-friendly Broadway shows are perfect if you are looking for a perfect family day out in Broadway.
Last Minute Broadway Tickets
Broadway New York
Broadway shows are a New York classic and one of the most popular entertainment attractions in the world. Whether you’re making plans in advance or looking for last minute Broadway tickets, Headout has you covered.
What is Broadway
Broadway is the collective term used for performances in 40 theatres with a seating capacity of more than 500 people. These are usually found in the Theater District and Lincoln Center, in Midtown Manhattan.
Musicals on Broadway
Musicals have been one of the most popular forms of live entertainment since they emerged out of the the works of Harrigan and Hart in America. The combination of songs along with dialogue and dance make musicals one of the most appreciated arts and one of the biggest revenue generators on Broadway.
Some of the most popular Broadway musicals currently are Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Chicago. Musicals have historically been the more popular form of performances in Broadway and have immensely influenced American popular culture.
Plays on Broadway
Plays on Broadway, or worldwide, have always been the marquee form of entertainment. They take many forms - parody, ,farce, comedy, satire, tragedy or drama. The earliest history of theater in New York are performances of Shakespeare plays, most famously that of Edwin Booth playing the role of Hamlet.
Some of the most popular Broadway plays currently are Not That Jewish, The Present, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, Oslo and Six Degrees of Separation.
The Playhouse was one of the first theater to open on Broadway in the 1730s.
Andrew Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running Broadway show of all time with over 10,000 performances.
Of the 40 Broadway theaters, only 4 are actually located on Broadway.
In 2015-2016, the total attendance was 13,317,980 and Broadway shows had US$1,373,253,725 in grosses.
The Tony Awards were originally called the “Antoinette Perry Award". It is named in honor of Antoinette Perry, chairman and secretary of the American Theatre Wing throughout World War II.
During the first two years of the Tonys in 1947 and 1948, there was no official Tony award. Male winners were presented with a scroll and a cigarette lighter while the women were awarded the scroll and a compact for the women.
There is no Row “I” in most theatres. This was deliberately done to avoid disappointment for those audiences who thought they would be sitting in the first row.
The Producers, The new Mel Brooks musical (2001) was the most highly-awarded musical. It won 12 Tony awards.