The Times Square area of Manhattan is where all of the various energies that make up the great city of New York come together to create an amazing mélange of humanity. No other place in the word sees more visitors than Times Square, as 360,000 pedestrians a day walk through, amounting to over 131 million a year.
In Times Square, you’ll see bold and big commercial ads, billions of lights that pierce through the darkness making night into light. and more ultra-tech media than you’ve ever imagined. It is the place where you can see the entire world within a few blocks. Times Square is located at the juncture of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and then goes to West 47th and West 42nd.
Quick Historical Facts
The area was first known as Longacre Square
Before the American Revolution, the site included a horse breeding enterprise and farmland.
In the 19th century, John Jacob Astor bought the area and sold it in small parcels to hotels, businessmen, and others.
In 1904, it was renamed for the newly built Times Building, which housed The New York Times.
Around the same time, what was NYC’s first electrified advertisement was erected in Times Square.
Also at that time, a decision was made to have the subway run to and through the area.
It was a hub for theatre, the arts, entertainment, and commerce until the 1930s and the Great Depression
By the 1960s its reputation had diminished, as it became known as an area for dope peddling, prostitution, pornography, and grifting.
From 1994- 2002, Mayor Rudy Giuliani led an effort to clean up the area, which was successful.
Today, Times Square, with its theatres, shops, restaurants, and various attractions is a great place for the entire family.
What to Do
There is no lack of things to do in Times Square. If you’re interested in finding a book on theatre or a specific play, then visit the Drama Book Shop at 250 West 40th St. It has one of the best collections of plays under one roof in the entire country and the staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Just north of #1 Times Square is the statue to the man who is credited with virtually creating the Broadway theatre—George M. Cohan.
You can go to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, New York or the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Fast food, family restaurants, and delis are all available. There are various souvenir shops and of course the Broadway theatre is everywhere! Times Square offers limitless possibilities for all visitors.
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Off-Broadway is less a place and more a state of being, as Off-Broadway theatres are designated by the fact that they are in NYC, have 100-499 seats, and contract actors according to the rules and regulations of Actors’ Equity Association.
The biggest difference between Broadway and Off-Broadway shows has to do with the cost of producing them. It’s less expensive to mount a production Off-Broadway, which makes it easier to produce a show in this arena than on Broadway.
Great Theatre, Lower Ticket Prices
Off-Broadway shows tend to fall into three categories:
Productions that are first mounted here, which eventually transfer to Broadway
Productions that are mounted Off-Broadway and remain Off-Broadway
Productions that have been on Broadway, which transfer to Off-Broadway
Many actors, directors, designers, and other theatre professionals work on both Off-Broadway and Broadway shows. The quality of Off-Broadway is high and, yet, due to lower production costs, ticket prices are much lower than you’ll find for Broadway shows. Plus, you can save more by buying group discount tickets, and the minimum number of people required for an Off-Broadway group is less than Broadway, often starting at 8.
What shows might you know that started Off-Broadway? To name a few, Avenue Q, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Next to Normal, A Chorus Line, Grease, Sunday in the Park with George, Rock of Ages, Rent, Godspell, and Spring Awakening. All of these musicals eventually had a successful Broadway run.
Off-Broadway is not only a place where you’ll see Broadway’s next great hit show or a production that’s enjoyed a successful run on The Great White Way and transferred to a smaller venue. It is also a place where you will see shows that are a bit riskier, innovative, and quirky. Off-Broadway is a place where some of the most interesting creative artists come to experiment, discover, and develop the art form of theatre.
On the Twentieth Century is a madcap train ride that is an express to hilarity. The story focuses on Oscar Jaffe (Peter Gallagher), a struggling, downtrodden, and desperate Broadway producer, who fights to convince Lily Garland (Kristin Chenoweth), a successful film actress who is also his former lover and muse, to come back to the Great White Way in a huge drama. However, the drama, which is about Mary Magdalene, does not actually exist. Jaffe must also deal with a range of miscues, surprises, and off-the-wall characters, including Lily Garland’s jealous new lover and a religious fanatic. This musical comedy is set aboard the luxury train that has been christened The Twentieth Century.
Book Writer Alexander Dinelaris
Music and Lyrics Gloria and Emilio Estefan
Preview: Oct. 5, 2015 Open: Nov. 5, 2015
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