Carly Rae Jepsen, Fran Drescher prepare for 'Cinderella' roles

Carly Rae Jepsen, Fran Drescher prepare for 'Cinderella' roles

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen and TV actress Fran Drescher are to make their Broadway debuts in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" Tuesday, producers said.
Bebe Neuwirth to return to Broadway's 'Chicago'

Bebe Neuwirth to return to Broadway's 'Chicago'

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Singer and actress Bebe Neuwirth is set to return to the Broadway production of "Chicago" next month, producers announced Tuesday.
Peter Scolari to play Yogi Berra in 'Bronx Bombers' play

Peter Scolari to play Yogi Berra in 'Bronx Bombers' play

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Peter Scolari and his wife, Tracy Shayne, are to star in the new play "Bronx Bombers" on Broadway this winter, producers announced Monday.
Broadway community to honor Jean Stapleton

Broadway community to honor Jean Stapleton

NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) -- Broadway theater marquee lights will be dimmed in honor of actress Jean Stapleton, who died last week at the age of 90, organizers announced.
CBS inks deal to air Tonys through 2018

CBS inks deal to air Tonys through 2018

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) -- CBS says it has signed an agreement with the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing to keep the Tony Awards presentation on the network through 2018.

Man survives fall onto Broadway theater marquee

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) -- Emergency responders in New York said a man fell out a window at a Broadway theater and landed on the facility's marquee.

A marriage proposal at 'Cinderella'

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- At the end of a Broadway staging of "Cinderella," a real-life Prince Charming, a police officer, took the stage to propose marriage to his longtime girlfriend.

Ex-artistic director Ron Marquette dies

KINGSTON, N.Y., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Ron Marquette, a New York college official and former arts executive who rescued a historic theater from financial peril, died Friday, a college official said.
Broadway's lights to be dimmed for Silver

Broadway's lights to be dimmed for Silver

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- The lights in New York's Broadway theater district are to be dimmed Wednesday night to mark the death of actor Ron Silver, Playbill.com said.
Theater giant Schoenfeld dead at 84

Theater giant Schoenfeld dead at 84

NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Famed Broadway theater impresario Gerald Schoenfeld has died at his home in New York at the age of 84, the Shubert Organization said.

'Hair' heading back to Broadway

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A producer says she has begun negotiations with New York theaters to determine where she will release the newest Broadway rendition of the musical "Hair."

Broadway revival of 'Brigadoon' postponed

NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- The new Broadway production of Lerner and Loewe's musical "Brigadoon" has been postponed, representatives for the show said Wednesday.

Actor roughed up at Broadway theater

NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) -- Retired actor Donald Buka has filed in suit in New York claiming he was beaten and ejected from a Broadway theater.

Oprah Winfrey goes to Broadway

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- TV talk host Oprah Winfrey is producing the Broadway musical adapted from the Alice Walker novel, "The Color Purple."

Broadway theater to be named for Wilson

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A Broadway theater will soon bear the name of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, it was reported Saturday.
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Broadway theater

Broadway theatre, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 40 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located in the Theatre District, New York (plus one theatre in Lincoln Center) in Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

The Broadway theatre district is a popular tourist attraction in New York City, New York. According to The Broadway League, Broadway shows sold approximately $937 million worth of tickets in the 2007-08 season.

New York (and therefore, the United States of America) did not have a significant theatre presence until about 1750, when actor-managers Walter Murray and Thomas Kean established a resident theater company at the Theatre on Nassau Street, which held about 280 people. They presented Shakespeare plays and ballad operas such as The Beggar's Opera. In 1752, William Hallam sent a company of twelve actors from Britain to the colonies with his brother Lewis as their manager. They established a theater in Williamsburg, Virginia and opened with The Merchant of Venice and The Anatomist. The company moved to New York in the summer of 1753, performing ballad operas and ballad-farces like Damon and Phillida. The Revolutionary War suspended theatre in New York, but thereafter theatre resumed, and in 1798, the 2,000-seat Park Theatre was built on Chatham Street (now called Park Row). The Bowery Theater opened in 1826, followed by others. Blackface minstrel shows, a distinctly American form of entertainment, became popular in the 1830s, and especially so with the arrival of the Virginia Minstrels in the 1840s.

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