New York City Broadway Tickets - The First Performance

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Think of one and you automatically think of the other. The Big Apple and Broadway are so interlinked that you just cannot think of one without the other. The theatrical history of the city and Broadway can be traced far back to a coffee house on Broadway in 1696. The King’s Arm on Broadway, just south of Trinity Church, was known to have held amateur theatrical performances. There is also a record of an informal theater on the second floor of a building. This building near the intersection of Maiden lane and Pearl Street was known as The Playhouse by the newspapers of the day.

The earliest documented professional performance was a comedy – The Recruiting Officer – by a troupe of actors from London. This troupe performed this comedy on December 6, 1732 at The Playhouse. The first formal playhouse in the city is thought to be a two story wooden structure known as the Theater on Nassau Street - located at 64-66 Nassau Street, between Maiden Lane and John Street.

Though built in 1732, it became a place for formal theater around 1750 with its first recorded stage performance – Shakespeare’s Richard III – held here on March 5, 1750 by a resident company set up by actor-managers, Walter Murray and Thomas Kean. The first recorded musical in New York - John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera – performed here on December 3, 1750.

Niblo’s Garden at Broadway and Prince Street, owned by the impresario William Niblo, accidentally created theatrical history in 1829, thanks to its manager William Wheatley. He helped a stranded French ballet company stage its show, The Black Crook, which became the first mega hit musical in the history of theater in the city. This opened up commercial possibilities of theater in the city and in America.

Broadway started to develop as the center of theater in the city by the last decade of the 19th century, and the first two decades of the 20th century. The Theater District, as we all know today, started from the 13th Street in 1900 from around a theater known as The Star. It was during this time that Broadway boasted of 70 to 80 theaters, and from 126 productions in 1917, its productions increased to 264 in 1928. The next five odd decades were the period of decline for theater in New York, especially on Broadway. After theater on Broadway picked up, it became the untitled capital of world theater.

New York City Broadway Tickets

Today, the shows and musicals on Broadway are so popular and sought after that the New York City Broadway tickets are available at a premium. Musicals and plays on Broadway are sold out months in advance of the opening of the performances, and the tickets are difficult to purchase.

New York City Broadway tickets can be procured from the box offices of the venues, and alternately from the many ticket brokers. The licensed and legitimate ticket brokers, such as Reedstickets, have cultivated a habit over the years, of providing satisfactory services to its hundreds of patrons.

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