Broadway is the street in Ny that has come to symbolize live theater entertainment and musicals around the world. Today the area, known to tourists and theater-goers, stretches from W.41st Street, where the Netherlander Theater is located, as much as W. 53rd Street's Broadway Theater. Only four theaters can be found physically on Broadway, the Marquis at 46th Street, the Palace at 47th Street, the Winter Garden at 50th Street and the Broadway at 53rd. All the other legitimate houses are located east or west of this twelve block stretch.
Through the 1830's America was exporting stars to Europe. The very first notable American actor to make a successful tour was Edwin Forrest, who at nineteen, had played Iago to Edmond Kean's Othello. Forrest's second tour of The uk, in the following decade didn't fare too. He was hissed off stage. Although the disruption of his tour was a personal feud having a British actor, its outcome was well publicized in the American Press and his return to the American stage was received with populist fervor. This "personal feud" became an international incident and illustration showing class struggle in 1849, once the British actor in question was scheduled to perform in the Astor Place Opera House in New York. A riot ensued on the nights May 10th that was pay with troops and cannon.
Broadways first marquis.
In 1891, the very first electric marquis was lit on Broadway. The theater was on Madison Square at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue at W. 23rd Street. The Flatiron Building now occupies the site. By midway with the following decade, the street blazed with electric signs as each theater announced its shows and stars in white lights. Through the turn from the Twentieth century the road had an entirely different look, with as much as sixteen theaters on Broadway itself and many others located on the side streets or any other avenues. Broadway was much more than a mere twelve blocks. It started at 13th Street and wound its way miles . 5 in the Avenue to 45th Street, ending in the heart of Long acre Square. This first decade of the century also saw the making of many theaters, most notably the New Amsterdam on 42nd Street in 1903, together with four others in that same year, which are still standing today.
The very first decade of the 20th Century was both boring and transformational within the good reputation for our Broadway Musicals. The seeds of this transformation return to 1882, and the construction from the Madison Square Theater at 24th Street. The Mallory's, who had built the theater, had employed a young actor-manager from Bay area along with two brothers in the lower Eastside to help manage the theater. David Belasco, who had the excellence of appearing on stage with another unknown child, Maude Adams, in San Francisco in 1877, was soon to become a playwright, theater owner and builder. The 2 brothers from the lower Eastside were, of course, Charles and Daniel Frohman. The first manifestation of the transformation occurred when producer Rudolf Aronson decided to develop a theatre of their own. At the time, theatres were concentrated between Union Square and 24th Street.