apparel industry is important to Broadway, and Broadway is
important to the apparel industry. Both industries are
important to one another in many ways.
Broadway fashion is always the biggest hit.
Broadway theatre, commonly known as Broadway,
refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 40 professional
theatres with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and
Lincoln Center along Broadway, in the New York City borough of
Manhattan. The Broadway Theater District is a popular tourist
attraction in New York City. As with London's West End theatres,
Broadway theatres are widely considered to represent the highest level
of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.
Broadway is important to the fashion industry for
several reasons. The theater district can potentially influence
fashion trends for a variety of reasons. One of which can be due to the
celebrities that attend opening night celebrations or special events
associated with new plays or musicals. Many red carpet photo
opportunities for celebs result from the theater.
Broadway helps the fashion industry because the
theater district hires
costume designers and stylists that are
technically also part of the garment industry. It also employees
seamstresses, tailors, and possibly sewing factories in New York and
Consumers have a chance to benefit from the theater
district shopping destinations. Clothing & accessory boutiques
have popped up in the area to take advantage of the tourism created by
the neighboring shows. When people travel to the city to see a show,
they are also provided the opportunity for fine dining and fantastic
shopping. Learn more about
New York fashion
shopping destinations from our consumer guide section.
Below are a few topics of possible interest in
regard to Broadway fashion:
Clothing Brands with Broadway in the Name:
Broadway NYC Fashion
Broadway Show & Event Fashion News & Gossip
Tony Award-nominee Tony Marion (Big Fish, Evita,
Ghost) will host a new web-series with Hollywood style expert Erin
McSherry (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 50 Cent, Sofia Vergara), along with Tony
Award-winning theater veteran Nick Demos (Memphis). The Broadway Fashion
Report will cover the red carpet looks of the 2014 Tony Awards, as well
as opening nights of the upcoming 2014-15 Broadway season. The show will
feature Broadway fashionistas in a series of segments as they break down
the trends of the Broadway community. Teasers and video promos for The
Broadway Fashion Report are available at BroadwayFashionReport.com
Clothing Stores on Broadway New York:
1920’s On Broadway:
When Broadway was the runway:
Photography & The American Stage:
Don’t forget about Off-Broadway
An Off-Broadway theatre is a professional venue in
New York City with a seating capacity between 100 and 499. These
theatres are smaller than Broadway theatres, but generally larger than
An "Off-Broadway production" is a production of a
play, musical or revue that appears in such a venue and adheres to
related trade union and other contracts.
Originally referring to the location of a venue and
its productions on a street intersecting Broadway in Manhattan's Theater
District, the hub of the theatre industry in New York, the term later
became defined by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers as a
professional venue in New York City with a seating capacity between 100
and 499, or a specific production that appears in such a venue, and
which adheres to related trade union and other contracts.
Previously, regardless of the size of the venue, a
theatre was not considered Off-Broadway if it was within the "Broadway
Box" (extending from 40th to 54th Street, and from west of Sixth Avenue
to east of Eighth Avenue, and including Times Square and 42nd Street).
The contractual definition changed this to encompass theatres meeting
the standard, which is beneficial to these theatres because of the lower
minimum required salary for Actors' Equity performers at Off-Broadway
theatres as compared with the salary requirements of the union for
Broadway theatres. Examples of Off-Broadway theatres within the
Broadway Box are the Laura Pels Theatre and the Snapple Theater Center.
According to Bloom and Vlastnik, the Off-Broadway
movement started in the 1950s, as a reaction to the "perceived
commercialism of Broadway" and provided an "outlet for a new generation"
of creative artists. This "fertile breeding ground, away from the
pressures of commercial production and critical brickbats, helped give a
leg up to hundreds of future Broadway greats. The first great
Off-Broadway musical was the 1954 revival of the Brecht/Weill Threepenny
A number of Off-Broadway musicals have had
subsequent runs on Broadway. These have included musicals such as Hair,
Godspell, A Chorus Line, Little Shop of Horrors, Sunday in the Park with
George, Rent, Grey Gardens, Urinetown, Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam
County Spelling Bee, Rock of Ages, In The Heights, Spring Awakening and
Next to Normal. Plays that have moved to Broadway include Doubt, I Am My
Own Wife, Bridge & Tunnel, The Normal Heart, and Coastal Disturbances.
Other productions, such as Stomp, Blue Man Group, Altar Boyz, Perfect
Crime and Naked Boys Singing have run for several years Off-Broadway.
The Fantasticks, the longest-running musical in theatre history, spent
its original 42-year run Off-Broadway.
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Inc. was an American retailer based in Southern California. Known
through its history as Carter Hawley Hale Stores and Broadway Hale
Stores over time, it acquired other retail store chains in regions
outside its California home base and became in certain retail sectors a
regional and national retailer in the 1970s and 1980s. It entered into
Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1991 and, eventually, its assets were
completely sold off.
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history of costume design in film. I understand that film and
theater are different. However, on occasion, they make fantastic
movies about theater performances. Take Les Misérables for
example. Excellent Broadway performance as well as an award
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