New York Theatres
The Big Apple, the Empire City, the City That Never Sleeps; New York City evokes a panoply of images and ideas, even to those who’ve never been. Aside from its financial, media and retail significance, perhaps this familiarity is due to the fact that the city forms the backdrop to so many classic movies, books and other cultural staples. Taxi Driver, When Harry Met Sally and West Side Story are all set in the city, along with novels such as The Great Gatsby, and innumerable songs in every genre. The most densely populated major city in the U.S, it is famed for its fast pace of life and for its wealth of landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
New York is the home of Broadway, which, along with London’s West End, represents the top rung of commercial theater in the English-speaking world. This dazzling district of plays and musicals set across Midtown Manhattan enjoys a symbiotic relationship with the West End; successful shows transfer between the two, and many, such as The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera, are simultaneous long-runners in both cities. 41 venues make up Broadway, the oldest of which are the Lyceum Theatre and the Hudson Theatre which were built in 1903. A Broadway venue is defined as such if it sits in Manhattan’s Theater District and comprises 500 or more seats (the term "Off-Broadway" refers to those with a capacity of 100-499). One thing’s for sure: a trip to New York City is wasted without a visit to the bright lights of Broadway.