Broadway theatre, also known simply as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats, located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
The Broadway Theatre (formerly Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre, and Ciné Roma) is a Broadway theatre located in midtown Manhattan. It has a large seating capacity of 1,761, and unlike most Broadway theaters, it is actually located on Broadway , at number 1681.
- 1681 Broadway, New York City, United States
- December 25, 1924
- The Shubert Organization
There are 41 active Broadway theaters listed by The Broadway League in New York City, as well as 9 existing structures that previously hosted Broadway theatre.Beginning with the first large long-term theater in the city, the Park Theatre built in 1798 on Park Row just off Broadway, the definition of what constitutes a Broadway theater has changed multiple times.Theater former name(s)AddressOpenedCapacityAl Hirschfeld Theatre Martin Beck Theatre (1924–2003)302 W. 45th St.19241424Ambassador Theatre New Ambassador Theatre (1980) Ambassador Theatre (1921–1980)219 W. 49th St.19211125American Airlines Theatre Selwyn Theatre (1918–2000)227 W. 42nd St.1918740August Wilson Theatre Virginia Theatre (1981–2005) American Academy of Dramatic Arts (1953–1981) ANTA Playhouse (1950–1953) WOR Mutual Radio (1943–1950) Guild Theatre (1925–1943)245 W. 52nd St.19251228
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Broadway theatre is a term relating to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats, located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City in the United States.
The Broadway Theatre near 41st Street was a Manhattan theatre in operation from 1888 to 1929. It was located at 1445 Broadway.
James Anthony Bailey, a circus manager and owner started building the theatre in 1887 on the site of what had been the "Metropolitan Concert Hall" built in 1880. Bailey pulled out, and the project was completed by Frank Sanger, T.H. French, and E. Zborowski, with seating for about 1,800 and standing room for 500 more. The American premiere of La Tosca was performed on the theatre's opening night, March 3, 1888, featuring Fanny Davenport. It was not a great success, due in part to the Great Blizz
The last performance was a vaudeville show called Broadway Fever in January 1929, and the theatre was soon after demolished. The site is now occupied by the 33-story Bricken-Textile Building, built in 1929. In 1930, the former Colony Theatre on 53rd Street was renamed the Broadway Theatre, which name it still retains.
- 1445 Broadway, New York City, United States
- January 1929
- J.B. McElfatrick & Co.
- March 3, 1888
- The founding
- The building
- Performers and performances
- Closing and demolition
The Broadway Theatre, called the Old Broadway Theatre since its demise, was at 326–30 Broadway, between Pearl and Anthony Streets in Manhattan. With over 4000 seats, it was the largest theater ever built in New York when it opened. During its brief existence, many prominent performers of the era appeared on its stage. It presented plays, opera, ballet, hippodrama, and circus performances in a space that was reconfigured several times. The operators always struggled to make money, however...
The original projector of the Old Broadway Theatre was Thomas S. Hamblin, in an agreement with James R. Whiting. But on April 25, 1845, just as Hamblin was about to begin construction, his Bowery Theatre burned to the ground, involving him in a loss of $100,000. At first he announced he was carrying on with his plan. Then he was publicly opposed by David Hale, editor of The Journal of Commerce and prominent member of the Broadway Tabernacle, across Anthony Street, which was used as a venue for c
One writer called the location "the very best spot in the city. It is accessible by all the omnibus lines, in the midst of the hotels, on high and wholesome ground." John M. Trimble was the theater's architect, and Addison Alger was the contracted mason and carpenter. The L-shaped lot had 75 feet on the south side of Anthony Street and the same on the east side of Broadway, the main entrance; it was 175 feet deep west to east. The façade on Broadway was three stories high and finished to ...
As at other theaters, the resident stock company presented familiar plays in repertory, with guest stars – touring actors – playing the leading roles during engagements of one or more weeks. Sometimes a new play or special production had a run of consecutive performances. A bill opened with an overture by the house orchestra and comprised a full-length play plus a curtain-raiser or afterpiece, and perhaps another musical, dance, or specialty act, as well. Sometimes the main piece was an ...
At some point Whiting had acquired ownership of the building. On February 28, a newspaper reported he had decided to replace the theatre with warehouses, beginning the work in April. A four-week run of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra opened March 7, and the Broadway Theatre closed forever April 2, 1859.
New York City's Theater District (sometimes spelled Theatre District, and officially zoned as the "Theater Subdistrict") is an area and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan where most Broadway theaters are located, as well as many other theaters, movie theaters, restaurants, hotels, and other places of entertainment.
Broadway theatre, comunemente detta semplicemente Broadway, è la porzione dell'omonima avenue di Manhattan che ospita, anche sulle strade adiacenti, oltre 40 teatri, con sale da almeno 500 posti, nel Theatre District di New York, più un teatro al Lincoln Center, il Metropolitan Opera House, nell'Upper West Side.
West End theatre is mainstream professional theatre staged in the large theatres in and near the West End of London. Along with New York City's Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world. Seeing a West End show is a common tourist activity in London.
Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of performing art that uses live performers, usually actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage.