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An Introduction to New York City Broadway

  • Broadway refers to the plays, musicals, and special attractions presented in any of the 40 designated playhouses in Manhattan's Theatre District, or on tour to Broadway theaters across North America.
  • Broadway theaters are determined by two criteria:
    1. Geographical location:
      1. Between 34th and 56th Streets, and 5th and 9th Avenues
      2. Between 56th and 72nd Streets, and 5th Avenue and Hudson River
    2. Size: Seating capacity exceeds 500 seats.
  • Most shows run between 90 minutes and slightly under three hours.
  • Broadway theaters offer large scale productions with professional actors and sometimes established stars. According to 2012-2013 season statistics, the average purchase price for tickets were $98.42.
  • Broadway shows attract approximately 12 million admissions each year.


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