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Broadway theater is some of the best theater in the world, a magical mixture of brilliant stars, emotional stories, and fascinating sets. A trip to New York would not be complete without a Broadway show! Get your cheap Broadway tickets here for your trip to New York. It's always good to plan ahead when choosing your Broadway show. From the classics to revivals, from originals to adaptations, popular Broadway shows sell out quickly, so it's important not to wait until the day of a show to buy your cheap tickets. To see some of the most classic Broadway shows, check out The Phantom of the Opera or Les Misérables.Or get your cheap Tony-Winner shows, smash- hits like Fun HomeKinky Bootsand The Book of MormonDisney Broadway Shows, like The Lion King and Aladdinare fun for the whole family! It's hard to pick just one Broadway show — they're all so fantastic! If you buy cheap Broadway tickets here, you might be able to see two! Everybody loves Broadway, so when you go to see a show, you might be seeing some of Hollywood's brightest starts! Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, and Tom Hanks are just some of the superstars that have graced the Broadway stage. There's no place more electric than Broadway, with Times Square right in its heart! Don't miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Check out some of Broadway's hottest shows today! Get your cheap Broadway tickets here to enjoy a spectacular evening! Visit our Theatre Tickets page for nationwide theater events.

History of Broadway

It wasn’t until 1750 that New York had a presence for theatre. Thomas Kean and Walter Murray worked together to establish a resident theatre company in New York. The theatre they created held around 280 people and was located on Nassau Street. The held all types of theatre, from Shakespeare to ballad operas. Two years after they opened their theatre on Nassau Street they sent 12 actors to Virginia to establish another theatre. A year later that company moved to New York. Then when the Revolutionary War broke out, theatre in New York had a leave of absence, and did not begin again until 1798. In 1798, they finished the Park Theatre which sat 2,000 people. A few decades later another theatre opened called the Bowery theatre. Theatre saw a rise in interest with the increase in opportunity, but it wasn’t until P.T. Barnum came into the picture that the art of theatre truly became known to the general American population. In the mid-1800s, what would be known today as the Theatre District began its rise in real-estate.

Times Square and the Early 1900s

The Times Square area has some of the highest foot traffic out of anywhere in the United States to this day. In the early 1900s the first theater in Times Square was built. Not only did it help spread the word, but thousands passed the new theatre every day. With the 1890s setting record performances and attendance the early 1900s had a lot to live up to. The Theatrical Syndicate owned most major theaters in New York during this time. They worked to build the presence and set theatre to new heights. For the first twenty-five years of the new century, theaters were booming around the world with top notch performances. The show Lightnin’ would push theatrical performance into the new era and solidify its grasp on American entertainment industry. The performance held over 1,000 shows and was the longest theatrical performance on Broadway ever at the time. After the first World War much of the world entered a financial crisis known as the Great Depression. The entertainment industry took one of the largest hits that it has ever seen, with fewer and fewer people being able to afford the luxury of attending a live event. At the conclusion of the Second World War, Broadway entered into their Golden Age with the release of Oklahoma!. The blockbuster hit drove in thousands of people into theatres all over the country.

Historical District

As the latter half of the 1900s began to unravel, efforts were made by several organizations to save the theatre district from demolition. The “Save the Theatres” campaign was launched in 1982 under the initial pretense of making the theatre district a national historic site. Surprisingly the campaign saw a lot of backlash from the then Mayor of New York City, who ultimately denied the request. Eventually it was settled that the theatre district would be marked as a historical district, with each respective theatre getting its own landmark.  

Competing with New Technology

What helped Broadway theatre early on was the fact that it had no competitors in the entertainment industry, as radio drew a different audience and actually helped advertise for theatre. It wasn’t until motion pictures came to existence that theatre had its first battle on the entertainment industry. Early on motion pictures lacked something that theatres were able to provide, sound. As the movie industry began to advance and include different elements into their films they began to compete more directly with local and large theatres. Over time production agencies began to make movies based off legendary musicals and plays, driving away the crowds that were once lining up outside of the theatre. Eventually composers began to take common themes seen in the movie industry and turn them into stage shows, effectively bringing back in the crowds that they were losing. While theatre certainly lost viewers since the installation of the motion picture, there have always been and always will be theatre-goers. As the art is something that you must be there and see with your own eyes. There is no replacement for it and there never will be.

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