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New York requires no introduction, just as Broadway, too, does not require one. New York is the most popular destination in the world for visitors and tourists, and those who visit this great city have at least one show on Broadway on their itinerary. Broadway, with all the extravaganza it puts on, is a ‘must see’ destination for the theater buffs. The shows that Broadway produces have no equal anywhere else in the world.

Officially known as the City of New York, New York City is the most populous in America, and the whole area was not mapped, until 1609, by the Dutch. The first Dutch settlement came up here in 1614 on the southern tip of Manhattan and was called New Amsterdam. Legend has it that Peter Minuit – the Director general of the Dutch Colony of New Netherland - purchased Manhattan and Staten Islands from the Canarse Native Americans on May 24, 1626.

New Amsterdam was incorporated formally as a city on February 2, 1653, and in 1664 was renamed as New York – in honor of the Duke of York and Albany - when the British conquered New Amsterdam.

New York And Entertainment

New York is the center for entertainment and has the best theatrical productions, incomparable to any in the world. The connection between New York and theatrical entertainment can be traced back to a coffee house – The King’s Arms – in 1696, where the first known amateur theatrical performances were held. The King’s Arms was just south of the Trinity Church in Manhattan.

The earliest documented professional theatrical performance was a comedy – The Recruiting Officer – presented by a troupe of actors on December 6, 1732, at an informal theater known as The Playhouse, on the second floor of a building near the intersection of Maiden Lane and Pearl Street.

Then followed a formal place for theatrical performances - the Theater on Nassau Street – in 1750, whose first recorded stage performance – Shakespeare’s Richard III – was held here on March 5, 1750. This same company of actors also performed the first recorded musical in New York – John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, on December 3, 1750.

This was the humble beginning of theater in New York, which later developed into what we know today as Broadway. With the coming of electric lighting came more elaborate theatrical productions. These great theatrical productions are the very foundations of the New York theatrical scene. Broadway, which is a collective word for the City’s largest 39 theaters, is actually a major thoroughfare that crosses the famous Theater District in Times Square. Theaters designated as Broadway have more than 500 seats.

Broadway Tickets

NY Broadway tickets can be purchased from the box office of the theaters. However, the NY Broadway tickets for the popular shows are booked months in advance, and are difficult to lay your hands on as the opening day approaches.

You can safely procure your NY Broadway tickets from the many competent ticket brokers of New York, such as Reedstickets, who have cultivated a habit of providing more than satisfactory services to those looking for NY Broadway tickets.

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