In 1950, the terms “American theatre” and “Broadway” were virtually synonymous. As the new century begins, Broadway is only a small part of a vital, creative, and varied national theatrical scene. This lively and authoritative book combines a history of the many changes – the spread of regional and non-profit theatres, the rise of Off-Broadway and other alternatives, the decline of Broadway – with an analysis of their implications and the problems they have brought, a look at new audiences, the causes of failure, and the unexpected complications of success. Hardcover.Once upon a time in American theater, there was Broadway and there was the road. New shows might try out for Broadway on the road–theaters in cities such as New Haven, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, and Chicago, and Broadway hits might tour on the road for years. But until the 1960s, Broadway was more or less the center of the theatrical universe. As this new book chronicles, however, things have changed. Broadway’s output–particularly of non-musical dramas and comedies–has decreased, but the appetite for them has increased, leading to the mass decentralization of American theater in less than 35 years. New Broadways chronicles this trend shaped by regional theaters like the Alley Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, and others, and shows how new, regional playwriting voices are being cultivated.
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