Showtime! Story of Broadway takes centre stage in permanent museum

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It all probably began in the 18th century, quite a bit further south than it is today, with a comedy called “The Recruiting Officer”. It’s said to have become the first professionally performed play in New York in 1732, staged in a small theatre near the southern tip of Manhattan. Over the centuries, the theatres grew in size and number and, due to lack of space, moved further up the island, along Broadway near Times Square. “Show Boat”, “The Ziegfeld Follies”, “Hair”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “The Lion King”, “Rent” and “Hamilton” – One hit production after another cemented Broadway’s stat…

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