Even those of us how have been studying, watching, and participating in musical theater for most of our lives will probably be surprised by a few of these lesser known facts, proving that musical theater is a rich, diverse field! Use a few of these for trivia at your next dinner party: Did you know: Broadway is the oldest north-south street in New York City?
Did you know: Broadway existed as a Native American footpath before colonization?
Did you know: Broadway is home to 40 large theaters, each seating over 500 guests.
Did you know: Broadway is one of NYC's most profitable tourist attractions, bringing over $1 billion into the city in 2010!
Did you know: so long as a show is continuing to generate revenue, it will run in theaters. Chicago is one of several long-running shows, and has been on Broadway for over 15 years.
Did you know: Phantom of the Opera is the longest running show in the history of Broadway theater, starting in 1988 and still running today!
Did you know: Phantom of the Opera is also the highest grossing show in Broadway history, making over $715 million in revenue to date.
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