Broadway is the street in New York that has arrived at symbolize live theater entertainment and musicals around the world. Today the region, recognized to tourists and theater-goers, stretches from W.41st Street, in which the Netherlander Theater is situated, 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. The rest of the legitimate houses can be found 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 Great Britain, in the following decade didn't fare as well. He was hissed off stage. Though the disruption of his tour would be a personal feud having a British actor, its results were well publicized in the American Press and his return to the American stage was received with populist fervor. This "personal feud" became a global incident and illustration showing class struggle in 1849, when the British actor in question was scheduled to do at the Astor Place Opera House in Ny. A riot ensued around the night of May 10th which 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 website. By midway through the following decade, the road blazed with electric signs as each theater announced its shows and stars in white lights. By the turn of the 20th Century the street had a completely different look, with as many as sixteen theaters on Broadway itself and many others situated 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 and a half up the Avenue to 45th Street, ending in the middle of Long acre Square. This first decade from the century also saw the construction 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 Twentieth century was both boring and transformational in the good reputation for our Broadway Musicals. The seeds of that transformation go back 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 distinction 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 in the lower Eastside were, of course, Charles and Daniel Frohman. The very first sign 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.