Tony Awards Fun Facts

Tony Awards Fun Facts

On the eve of the 2015 Tony Awards this coming weekend, it is time to enjoy a few fun facts about the most prestigious awards on Broadway. Disclaimer: not all of these facts are “fun”, but if you love theatre you should at least find some of them interesting! Did you know?

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Musicals that flopped

Musicals that flopped

We musical theatre geeks love to read the news of New York's Broadway theatre scene: the hits, the celebs, and the successes make their way into the news constantly. Unfortunately, we rarely hear about the underdogs, the lesser known shows, and the shows that don't get good reviews from critics or audiences. The creative minds that conspire to put on a show aim for greatness, but in the highly competitive New York theater scene, more shows bomb than succeed. Here are ten musicals that were spectacular flops in their Broadway debuts. 

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Did you know? Odd musical theater facts

Did you know? Odd musical theater facts

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?

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Why is Broadway called the "great white way"?

Why is Broadway called the "great white way"?

Ever heard Broadway referred to as the "great white way"? It's called that because it was one of the first streets in New York City to be lit with electric lights. People continue to use this term today because the millions of lights on the theatre marquees still brighten up the night sky in a flashing white.  Lit by gas and poorly ventilated, theaters in nineteenth-century New York were vexed by fire. At the beginning of the twentieth century, architects realized that the safer electric light bulb had enormous advertising potential. 

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