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"The Great White Way", to begin with, was provincial and parochial – not taken seriously by the public in general, and with no serious relationship with art. During the first two decades of the 20th century, from 1900 to 1918, theater started to develop as a center of culture in New York City. What we know today as the Theater District originated in 1900 on the 13th Street, where a theater known as The Star was located.

It was in 1920, after the World War I was over, that it started to reach its prime. Theaters on Broadway, which numbered anything from 70 to 80, were booming. During these years, the number of productions put on the stages of Broadway increased from the 126 productions in 1917 to 264 in 1928.

The Declining Years

However, this boom came to an end with the stock market crash of 1929, which adversely affected New York theater, caused the number of productions to decline dramatically, and put theater people, in hundreds, out of work.

Beginning in the 1930s and into the 1940s, theater business on Broadway was on the decline, and there were not enough productions to keep the theaters in business. From the 264 productions in 1928, the productions came down to 187 in 1930-31, and still further down to 72 in 1940-41.

As movies began to take over entertainment, many theaters were now converting to movie houses. By the 1940s, television had begun to compete with the theaters, and the theaters – as an industry – were beginning to become obsolete. In 1948, the unemployment rate of the actors on Broadway rose to 80 percent!

The decline continued into the 1950s and the 1960s, with the productions reduced to 62 in the period 1969-70. Of these, 15 productions were revivals. Only 36 theaters were left remaining, a huge decline from the 70 to 80 of the 1920s. However, during these declining decades from the 1950s to the 1970s, New York did produce memorable musicals, such as West Side Story, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Wonderful Town, The Most Happy Fella, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, and Hair.

The Wonderful Comeback

However, one can never keep a good thing down, and despite the abundance of movie houses, and the expanse of programs on television, Broadway came back, and how!

There have been popular shows in New York, which have had a continuous run for years together. The Phantom of the Opera reviewed on January 9, 1988 and opened on January 26, 1988. It became the longest running show in the history of Broadway with its 7,486th performance on January 9, 2006, and up to March 4, 2007 has completed 7,965 performances.

Broadway Shows New York Tickets Information

Now that musicals and plays have a new and fresh popularity many of the huge and popular productions have become difficult to procure. One of the best ways to procure such Broadway shows New York tickets is to call the box office and reserve tickets as soon as they go on sale.

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