For my last post (at least as part of my Writing Across Media class) I’ve decided to comment on all the little details about Broadway that many people don’t really know.
Rush, Lottery, and Standing Room
Hold on a second… I made a whole post about this. However, if you don’t know what this is about, check it out. It will open your eyes.
Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway
There are many misconceptions about this one. I’ve heard many people refer to regional and touring productions as “Off-Broadway” but that is actually incorrect. Any production outside of New York City is either a regional production (if it was produced by the theatre in which you are watching) or a tour (a show that travels to different theatres in the country).
The terms relating to Broadway are reserved for New York City alone and it all comes down to a very simple factor: number of seats. Broadway theatres have at least 500 seats. Off-Broadway theatres have 100-499 seats and Off-Off-Broadway theatres have 99 or fewer.
Tony’s vs. Obies vs. Drama Desk
Many people who are unfamiliar with the theatre world will most likely only recognize the first of these three. Contrary to popular belief, the Tony Awards are not the celebration of all theatre in New York, only Broadway. In order for a show to be eligible for the Tony’s, it must have opened in a designated Broadway theatre. However, the Obies are meant to celebrate the less recognized shows that opened in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theatres.
The Drama Desks are the awards that cover all of it. Any show that opened within the city limits of New York City, regardless of theatre size, is eligible. While most of the winners do come from the Broadway shows, occasionally a lesser known nominee will pull an upset and shine. A nomination alone is a great deal of recognition.
The Stage Door
The stage door of a theatre is the entrance into the backstage area. It is where the cast and crew (usually) enter and exit the theatre. After a show, barricades are put around the door and audience members are able to wait for cast members to come out and sign their programs or posters, maybe even take pictures with them.
The stage door is always more crowded and violent when a celebrity is in a show. I almost got murders after How to Succeed with Daniel Radcliffe, but I stage door at every show I see. I’ve met some pretty awesome and/or famous people, but I’ve also had great conversations with cast members. I possess a very large collection of playbills covered in cast signatures, and a couple pictures to go with them as well.