Discover The Origins of Broadway on June 2nd

On Thursday, Jun 2nd from 10:30 pm– 12:00midnight BST, the New York Adventure Club present The Origins of Broadway: Rise of New York’s Early Theater Scene in an online presentation.

(Before you dismiss this one out of hand due to its timing, it’s worth noting that if you can’t make the live broadcast, or simply miss it, your ticket allows you access to the event recording for a week afterwards.)

While Broadway is widely considered one of the top theatrical destinations in the world, have you ever wondered what came before it? And why, and how, New York City became the theater capital of America? This is the story of New York’s earliest theaters and how they transformed a city once fixated on only business and trade into one dedicated to culture and the arts.

Join New York Adventure Club as they explore the evolution of New York’s theater industry through the mid 1800s, and the actors, production managers, and playwrights who helped pave the way for modern-day Broadway to grow.

New York theater-maker Ralph Lewis is the presenter for this discussion which will include:

– An overview of NYC’s very first theaters, including surprising details on the plays, playwrights, managers, and actors who worked there
– A look at how New York’s early theaters compared to those in other cities, and how competition, politics, and touring companies shaped America’s theatrical landscape for centuries to come
– The reasons why so few theaters succeeded, and the importance of their building’s design to that success
– Historic maps showcasing the theatrical locations from Broadway to The Bowery, along with photos of the sites today
– A listen to what critics of the day had to say about these performances, including over-the-top anecdotes, scathing reviews, and lots of gossip
– Excerpts from the rare 1851 book, Before and Behind the Curtain by William Knight Northall, which inspired this presentation

After the presentation, there’ll be time for a Q&A with Ralph so your questions are welcomed.

Tickets are $10 (approximately £7) and you can book them here



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