Immortalised in such legendary films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Godfather, as well as renowned for its range of iconic landmarks, New York City is a dazzling place to visit. Indeed, dubbed as the city that never sleeps, it’s unparalleled in the range of attractions and experiences on offer.
From Times Square and the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty and the sets of famous TV shows, one is never at a loss for something to do. In fact, with so much entertainment, many find it is impossible to see and do everything they intend to in one trip.
However, it’s argued that if you only manage to fit one thing into your schedule, it has to be Broadway! With a history dating back to the 1930s, it encompasses one of the city’s oldest entertainment traditions and has gained worldwide recognition. Nothing compares to watching a Broadway musical in person and a big screen TV doesn’t even come close.
The theatre district is located in midtown Manhattan, where Broadway intersects with Seventh Avenue and encompasses the areas between West 42nd and West 53rd streets. Although the avenue, Broadway, runs the entire length of Manhattan Island, the theatre district earned the nickname the Great White Way in the early 2000s, after it was illuminated by electric lights. This was notable at the time, since most of the US did not have electricity on its streets.
During the 1920s and ’30s there were over 80 theatres featuring an array of different shows. Today, there are 39 theatres which are seen as meeting the Broadway criteria of having at least 500 seats and showing productions with ‘universal appeal’.The longest running show on Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera, is a definite must see. it has won seven Tony Awards – the highest accolade in live American theatre – and has been seen by over 100 million people. Another great one that is picking up in popularity is wicked the musical in nyc.
The musical, which was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on Gaston Leroux’s novel. It sees a masked phantom, who resides beneath the stage of the Paris Opera, work towards turning the young soprano he has fallen in love with into a star.
For something a bit more light-hearted, Mamma Mia! is another great choice. Having been seen by around 30 million people since its debut, it’s a tale of a girl determined to discover the identity of her father. Unbeknownst to her mother, she invites the three contenders she considers likely to her wedding. The whole musical is set against hits from former Swedish pop sensation, ABBA.
There are a variety of musicals to experience, ranging from the very contemporary to the golden oldies, such as those mentioned above! One thing is for certain though, when you visit New York, it is imperative to give Broadway a go.
And as with the shows, there are a range of affordable flights, in addition to numerous New York hotels to choose from, so you can always be guaranteed to find something to suit your tastes! So, what are you waiting for? Give Broadway a go today!