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Broadway Past, Present and Future

Broadway Past, Present and Future

When you say “Broadway” most people automatically associate that with the plays and musicals put on in theaters on Broadway in New York City. The name is immediately recognizable because of its roots in musical theater history. The past, present and future of Broadway is about performance and tradition. 

Past Broadway

In 1750, Thomas Kean and Walter Murray opened their own theater company on Nassau Street, large enough to hold 280 people. They put on many Shakespearean plays and ballad operas. After the Revolutionary war, in 1798, the Park Theater was opened which was much larger and started the success of New York City Theater. The Bowery theater was built about thirty years later. The New York City theater scene was full of operas, melodramas and minstrel shows and more theaters and nightspots opened for performances. Theater grew and evolved as musical theater came to the scene and in the middle of the nineteenth century, real estate prices drew theaters to Broadway

Present Broadway

At the start of the twentieth century, the electric signs that adorn most theaters today became popular, giving Broadway it’s theatrical look. Today, around 36 plays or musicals are running on Broadway, and many more tour the country to bring theater to other cities and towns. Thousands of people see shows on Broadway and the most sought-after shows are more and more difficult to buy tickets for. NYC play reviews only account for some of the shows you can see in the city.

Future Broadway

Every year new plays and musicals are debuted that push the envelope, deal with deep challenges and change the way that people think about theater. While more and more people are interested in seeing shows it becomes more expensive to get tickets for a Broadway show. Many successful shows even take to the screen and become movies or live-musicals aired on TV for all to see. The future of Broadway is bright.

Finding the Best of Broadway

Finding the Best of Broadway

Broadway is one of the greatest places in the world for entertainment. The top actors in the world are performing the greatest scripts on the grandest sets. There is something for everyone on Broadway. It is important to do your research and find what kind of show is the best fit for you.

Sing Along With a Musical

Broadway is notorious for its wide selection of musicals. It is a form of theater that has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. If you love singing, dancing and bright, colorful costumes, then musical theater is right up your alley. There are different styles of musicals within the genre. If you’re an old school Ethel Merman fan, you can catch a revival of a classical show. If you’re into newer pop or rock music, check out one of the new musicals Broadway has to offer.

Watch a Play

If you think musicals are tacky, you might enjoy seeing a play more. A play is a show without music. While there are fewer plays than musicals, the plays running on Broadway are extremely high quality and feature the strongest actors. If you like to laugh, catch a comedy play. If you are into heavier topics, see one of Broadway’s dramas or political plays. Check NYC play reviews to find which Broadway play is the best for you.

Check Out a One Person Show

Every now and then, Broadway offers one-person shows. This is a show where one person acts, and sometimes sings and dances, alone on stage. These shows have a more intimate feel allowing the actor on stage to connect one-on-one with the audience. Usually, these types of shows are offered to well-known celebrities who have an impressive theatrical resume. Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin and Sir Ian McKellen have all had solo shows on Broadway.

New York City has many styles of shows that you can see. If you want to find which kind of show you’ll like the most, use these tips and do online research to find the perfect fit.…