Broadway


Broad·way

noun \ˈbrd-ˌwā, -ˈwā\

: a street in New York City where there are many theaters

Full Definition of BROADWAY

:  the New York commercial theater and amusement world; specifically :  playhouses located in the area between the Avenue of the Americas and Ninth Avenue and from W. 41st Street to W. 53d Street
Broadway adjective
Broad·way·ite \-ˌīt\ noun

Origin of BROADWAY

Broadway, street in New York City
First Known Use: 1835

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Broadway

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Theatre district in New York City. It is named for the avenue that runs through the Times Square area in central Manhattan, where most of the larger theatres are located. Broadway attracted theatre producers and impresarios from the mid-19th century. The number and size of the theatres grew with New York's increasing prosperity, and by the 1890s the brightly lit street was called “the Great White Way.” By 1925, the height of theatrical activity in New York, about 80 theatres were located on or near Broadway; by 1980 only about 40 remained. In the 1990s the revitalization of the seedy Times Square neighbourhood attracted larger audiences, though high production costs limited the viability of serious plays in Broadway theatres, which often chose to mount big musicals and other crowd-pleasing commercial ventures. See also Off-Broadway.

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