New York City

 

Broadway

 

Broadway crosses diagonally through the otherwise comparatively consistent checkerboard pattern of Manhattan’s streets. It stretches from the island’s southern tip all the way up into the Bronx over more than 20 miles. Mostly though Broadway is the world famous name for a multitude of theater stages located along the street.

Altogether, there are 39 theaters with a capacity of at least 500 seats at Broadway. Those are, almost without exception, located within a radius of only twelve blocks north of Times Square. The stage plays and musicals performed here are considered the most successful from a commercial point of view and usually consist of plays that meet a mainstream demand of audiences. More experimental, independent plays can usually be seen in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway- Theaters outside of this area.

Often, actors and actresses who have become famous through Hollywood movies or TV series can today be seen on the stages of Broadway; a career starting here and leading to screen success is comparatively rare. With this casting policy, producers on Broadway continue the path which has commercial success of a play as the ultimate goal (in contrast to artistic performance quality) and which has been criticized by many. The theaters along Broadway are in the hands of only a very small number of corporations. Annually, around 12 million people see a play here. In order to reach an even broader audience, many theater companies  go on tour through other cities, often using understudy casts.

Correspondingly, plays are being performed as long as the audience is interested. Record holders in this category are the musicals Phantom of the Opera and Cats. There are only a few theaters that offer subscriptions, enabling them to have less successful plays on schedule as well. The best plays are annually honored with the Tony Awards, the most important award for stage performances. 

Theater

Address

Capacity

Ambassador Theatre

219 West 49th Street

1088

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street

740

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

256 West 47th Street

1069

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

243 West 47th Street

1058

Belasco Theatre

111 West 44th Street

1016

Vivian Beaumont Theatre

150 West 65th Street

1080

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

242 West 45th Street

1078

Biltmore Theatre

261 West 47th Street

650

Booth Theatre

222 West 45th Street

766

Broadhurst Theatre

235 West 44th Street

1156

Broadway Theatre

1681 Broadway

1761

Circle in the Square Theatre

235 West 50th Street

620

Cort Theatre

138 West 48th Street

1082

George Gershiwn Theatre

222 West 51st Street

1933

John Golden Theatre

252 West 45th Street

804

Helen Hayes Theatre

240 West 40th Street

595

Hilton Theatre

213 West 42nd Street

1815

Al Hirschfeld Theatre

302 West 45th Street

1292

Imperial Theatre

249 West 45th Street

1443

Walter Kerr Theatre

218 West 48th Street

945

Longacre Theatre

240 West 47th Street

1091

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

205 West 46th Street

1489

Lyceum Theatre

149 West 45th Street

922

Majestic Theatre

247 West 44th Street

1645

Marquis Theatre

1535 Broadway

1611

Minskoff Theatre

1515 Broadway

1597

Music Box Theatre

239 West 45th Street

1009

Nederlander Theatre

208 West 41st Street

1232

New Amsterdam Theatre

214 West 42nd Street

1745

Eugene O`Neill Theatre

230 West 49th Street

1110

Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway

1740

Richard Rodgers Theatre

226 West 46th Street

1319

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

236 West 45th Street

1079

Sam S. Shubert Theatre

225 West 44th Street

1460

Neil Simon Theatre

250 West 52nd Street

1445

St. James Theatre

246 West 44th Street

1623

Studio 54

254 West 54th Street

920

August Wilson Theatre

245 West 52nd Street

1263

Winter Garden Theatre

1634 Broadway

1526


 

 

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