If New York City is, as advertised, the cultural capital of the West, its epicenter may just be a 10-block stretch along Broadway that runs through Times Square. There, you’ll find Manhattan’s long-thriving Theater District, populated by such playhouses as the Majestic, St. James, Longacre, Lyceum, Hirschfeld, Minskoff, Balesco, Broadhurst, Hayes, New Amsterdam, Rodgers, and Winter Garden. This is where musicals likeHamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Chicago, The Lion King, Les Misérables, A Chorus Line, Rent, Wicked, 42nd Street, Hairspray, Cabaret, Annie, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Guys and Dolls, and Fiddler on the Roof came into their own. Today, the name ‘Broadway’ is synonymous with the genre itself, and lavishly-staged Broadway productions can now be seen from Midtown to Mulholland. Experience musical theater as its finest; grab your Broadway tickets at StubHub.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera opened at the Majestic Theatre on Jan. 26, 1988. More than 30 years and 13,000 performances later, the Tony Award winner for Best Musical is the longest-running show in Broadway history, a box office bonanza that has grossed over $5.6 billion worldwide. The highest grossing Broadway production of all time is The Lion King ($8.2 billion worldwide), which debuted at the New Amsterdam Theater on Oct. 15, 1997.