Broadway Theatre Tickets - An Historical Glance

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Theater in New York City has always enraptured, and still enchants and captivates, its audiences with its brilliant productions and performances by its actors. This has always been so, and will always be so. History of theater in New York goes back to well before the 1800s, but Broadway started to come into its own at the start of the 20th century.

The first electric marquee that lit up a theater was put up in 1891, and within the next 10 years, the Theater District was so lit up and illuminated with white lights that a journalist came up with the reference – the Great White Way. This area around the Longacre Square, later named the Times Square in 1904, was where construction of the new theaters was concentrated.

The early genres included comedy and operettas, and the early Broadway increasingly became popular with shows such as Wizard of Oz, Babes in Toyland, Madame Butterfly, and Peter Pan, among others. Musicals, too, debuted on Broadway with Very Good Eddie in 1915 by Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton credited to be the first that incorporated songs as part of the action. Showboat in 1927 is considered to be the first show where songs were written to match the storyline instead of the other way round. Those early writers – Kern, Bolton, and P. G. Wodehouse, among others, continued the style.

The Bad Years

When Depression followed the crash of 1929, theater, too, was hard hit, with over 25,000 people in the theater community losing their jobs. This was when the sturdy character of those connected to the theater came to the fore.

The Stage Relief Fund was organized by the playwright Rachel Crothers to help actors pay their living expenses. Selena Royle, an actress, set up the Actor’s Dinner Club. The Club served meals every night and only those who could afford to pay were charged. Through Eva LeGallienne’s efforts the Theatre Works Project was created, and the programs established in New York included training for actors, and the production staff. In the five years that this Project existed, from 1935-1939, it financed over 1,200 productions and distributed $46 million to the industry.

Despite the bad times, Tony Awards (in honor of Antoinette Perry - actress, director, producer, and the dynamic wartime leader of the American Theatre Wing) were instituted in 1947 to recognize excellence in theater. The decade of the 1940s, with the growth of small theaters in Greenwich Village, saw the beginnings of Off-Broadway productions.

Today, Broadway as we understand it with its legitimate 39 theaters, spreads from 41st Street to 53rd Street between Sixth and Nine Avenues. Out of the 39 theaters, only four are located on Broadway.

Tickets On Broadway

With the plays and musicals in New York so popular, theatre tickets are not easy to come by. Tickets are sold months in advance and are mostly sold out.

Broadway theatre tickets can be purchased from sources best termed as risky, such as from the re-sale forums, auction sites such as eBay, and from the scalpers, but the best and guaranteed option always remains the box offices andlegitimate ticket brokers. To view all our available Broadway Theatre Tickets click the link.

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