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In the Spotlight: Looking at Broadway

If you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably a big supporter of The Living Center, which means you’ve probably read our April newsletter by this point, too. Did you catch our article about Broadway? Now we’re bringing showbiz to a whole new stage: blogs! This month, the Living Center is here to catch you up on the history of this prestigious epicenter of theatre and talk about current Broadway shows and events, too. 

Broadway, the legendary theatre district in midtown Manhattan, was first established before the United States had even gained independence from Britain! In 1750, Walter Murray and Thomas Keane established New York City’s first significant theatre. Though development of the district was paused a few times for major historical events, Broadway was on the rise. By 1900, it was a mile and a half long! The district then began to shrink in physical size, but many rightfully argue that it grew in popularity: with smash-hit shows like Les Miserables, Show Boat, and Oklahoma! gracing the stages, audiences soon flocked to the area to see their favorite plays and musicals.

As you’ve read in our newsletter, a new wave of Broadway fans has emerged since around the 1990s. Popular shows for this new generation of thespians include Mamma Mia!, Wicked, and Hamilton. Notice that some of the shows that got their start on Broadway have since been turned into hit movies as well! If you’ve enjoyed feature films like Fences, A Streetcar Named Desire, and even Peter Pan, know that all of these great works started out as plays! 

In the past year, Broadway shut down due to the pandemic. Slowly but surely, however, those theatre lights are turning on once again. Soon, theatregoers will be able to enjoy shows just like before, and you can count on the residents of The Living Center to be enthusiastic fans all the way from Mount Vernon, Ohio!

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