Broadway Theater Tickets - The History Of The District

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The Theater District

Towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, New York City was bursting with energy and glory of cultural adolescence. The City had 33 theaters labeled as legitimate theaters and there was certainly a demand for more. With the coming of the first subway line in New York in 1904, more and more people could see a performance on Broadway and reach their homes in the night. With tourists increasingly coming into the City – through railroad and streamers, and wanting to catch a show, it was felt that more productions could be supported . . . and newer theaters were built.

This was the time when the population of Manhattan was increasing, and the area known as the Longacre Square was the point where several subway lines were converging. This area became the natural choice as a new center for theater in New York, as opposed to the Union Square, which was at Broadway and 14th Street. This was when, in 1904, the New York Times built its new headquarters at Broadway and the 42nd Street. This area was then renamed the Times Square.

This was the era of building new theaters in New York. The giants of the times, Oscar Hammerstein I, the Shubert Brothers (Lee and Jacob), the Erlanger syndicate, and many other independent impresarios built magnificent theaters in the Times Square area. To beat the summer heat, which made indoor performances impossible, many theaters had roof top gardens where the audiences could enjoy the performances.

Florodora – the first major hit musical in this new Theater District was performed at the Casino Theater, in 1900, when the area was still known as the Longacre Square. It ran for an astonishing 552 performances, and was the second longest run on Broadway for any play/musical, up to that time!

The first three decades of the 20th century were the good times for the growth of theater in New York, when the crash of 1929 happened. The next 5 decades were the worst of times for theater, and it was thought that the good times of Times Square could never be resurrected. But the pick up started in the 1980s and by the next decade the Times Square emerged better, busier and more profitable.

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With the resurgence of theater in New York City and the superlative productions, Broadway theater tickets were at a premium, especially for the popular musicals. To arrange your Broadway theater tickets click the link and view all available tickets and shows.

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