Broadway Theatre, or simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 38 large professional theatres with 500 seats or more clustered around Times Square near Broadway between 41st Street and 53rd Street , New York City . Broadway is considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the world.
Broadway is one of the highlights of New York. Considered the pinnacle of American theater, it is world renowned for its performances. Broadway usually refers simply to Broadway theatre which encompasses a large number of theater venues in the theatre district and along the street of Broadway. For the most popular shows tickets should be purchased well in advance. Most of them are musical productions with spectacular staging extravagant costumes and top quality song and dance performances. Tickets cost between $75 and $130.
There are actually three types of Theatrical productions in New York City: Broadway plays, Off-Broadway plays and Off-off-Broadway Plays.
Off-Broadway Plays are performed in approximately 50 smaller theaters scattered around Manhattan. The productions may be musicals, comedies or serious dramas and are typically less spectacular than Broadway plays. The talent is usually first class as this is where the future Broadway stars get their experience. Tickets cost between $20 and $50.
Off-off-Broadway Plays are performed in about 200 small theaters, lofts, clubs or church halls scattered around New York City. The quality of the production and of the talent varies considerably. Some of the plays are experimental or avant-garde. Tickets cost between $10 and $30. Tickets are easy to find for most productions and you can even get some real bargains on certain plays.
Seeing a Broadway show is a common tourist activity in New York helping the tourist industry to generate billions more in restaurant and hotel revenues. The TKTS booths sell same-day tickets for many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows at a discount of 25%, 35%, or 50%.
The Broadway Theatre district is one of the most popular tourist attraction in New York City . According to The Broadway League, Broadway shows sold approximately $1.02 billion worth of tickets in the 2009-2010 season, compared to $1 billion in the 2008-2009 season. Broadway tickets for the hottest new productions of the most popular plays and musicals are often sold out months in advance, so you might want to order your tickets before going to New York.
We strongly recommend a Broadway musical production . No visit to New York City would be complete without seeing at least one show !