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THE ORIGINS OF BROADWAY

A Virtual Tour of the Rise of New York's Early Theater Scene

The Origins of Broadway: Rise of New York's Early Theater Scene. Five drawings of theaters from the early 1800s: a view of the empty Park Theater stage, 3 of audiences watching performances, and the last of fire fighters putting out a blaze at the Bowery Theater.

The Origins of Broadway: Rise of New York's Early Theater Scene

Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 5:30 pm (Eastern)

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While Broadway is widely considered one of the top theatrical destinations in the world, have you ever wondered what came before it? And why, and how, New York City became the theater capital of America? This is the story of New York's earliest theaters and how they transformed a city once fixated on only business and trade into one dedicated to culture and the arts.

Join Co-Director Ralph Lewis for a virtual tour of NYC's first theaters. He will explore the evolution of New York's theater industry through the mid 1800s, and the actors, production managers, and playwrights who helped pave the way for modern-day Broadway to rise.


Our Peculiar Works projects are being made possible with public funds from is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program), and private funds from The Ken Glickfeld and Kris Hall Foundation, the Dime Community Bank Fund for NYC Theatres, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), the Mental Insight Foundation, and the Indie Theater Fund's Big Mini Give and Take, as well as our many, wonderful, individual donors.