Friday, 13 July 2012

Broadway and West End theatre websites

If you are looking for information about musicals and plays on Broadway, as well as on the West End, here are some of the must-see websites.
This is a fun, newsy site covering many popular facets of musical theatre and plays. This is probably the most accessible of all of the international theatre sites. You can also buy tickets to most shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on the West End. While I still love this site, and it remains my go-to place for theatre news internationally, it is not as sophisticated as it was in years gone by. Many of us show-tune tragics still wistfully remember the great reviews and pieces by the legendary Ken Mandelbaum on the site before he retired.

This is the most comprehensive international theatre site. It is an excellent blend of reviews, feature stories, interviews and the very latest news. It is very easy to become addicted to the many informative pieces on offer on this site. You can also buy tickets for New York and London shows.

Talkin' Broadway
A slightly off the beaten track site about Broadway, but still very interesting. I highly recommend the 'Broadway 101' section about the history of Broadway. I wrote a piece for my course recently on the history of Broadway and I found their information to be extremely thorough.

Musicals 101
Another slightly esoteric theatre website, but with some great information about theatre in general.

Internet Broadway Database
This is the official website database of Broadway theatre. It is unbelievably comprehensive and literally covers everything theatre-related in New York since Broadway theatre began over one hundred years ago.

Tony Awards
The Tonys are the Broadway theatre awards, presented each year by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway Guild. Their website covers Tonys history since the awards started in 1947 and includes a wealth of information and photos.

Broadway: The American Musical
This site complements the wonderful documentary series on American musical theatre. It is an easy to read, informative rundown of Broadway's history.

London Theatre Guide
This site gives plenty of information and reviews about West End musicals and plays and how to purchase tickets to shows.

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