Broadway theatre refers to theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats, located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. New York did not have a significant theatre presence until around 1750, when Walter Murray and Thomas Kean established a resident theatre company, presenting Shakespeare plays and ballad operas. For now, however, let's talk strictlyabout the rise of musicals, which did not come until around until 1850. Broadway's first ever "long-run" musical was a 50-performance called The Elves in 1857. At this time, the heart of NYC theatre was in Union Square. Theatres in Times Square, what is now so commonly referred to as the Theatre District, or "Broadway," were not built until the early 1900s. Moreover, they only began to culminate there around the 1920s and 1930s.
AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF HOW THEATRE WAS BORN:
Feel free to take a look at the video below, a 15-minute crash course on how theatre came to be, from humble beginnings in the 1800s to the present-day performances we know and love today.