Broadway New York
Broadway shows are a New York classic and represent the world’s most famous theatre circuit. If you are planning ahead or looking for last-minute tickets, Headout is here for you.
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 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.
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.