Broadway Fun Facts



Why is Broadway called “The Great White Way”?

The term refers to the lights along Broadway. Broadway theaters were among the first to wow crowds by using electric bulbs on signs. They completely lit up the night in "white" light. The nickname remains popular today because the millions of lights on theater marquees and billboard advertisements still light up the night sky along Broadway.

Where is “Broadway” exactly?

It’s located in New York City between 41st and 54th streets from 6th Avenue to 9th Avenue. This includes the area known as Time Square.

So not all Broadway theaters are located on Broadway?

No, there are only four theaters actually situated on Broadway: The Marquis (46th Street), The Palace (47th Street), The Winter Garden (50th Street) and The Broadway (53rd Street).

How many Broadway Theaters are there?

There are 40.

What is the difference between a Broadway Theater and an Off-Broadway Theater?

It doesn’t actually have to do with location but audience seating capacity. A "Broadway Theater" must have a seating capacity of 500 seats or more, while an Off-Broadway theater has 100-499 seats. Off-Off-Broadway theaters have fewer than 100 seats.

What is the longest running Broadway show?

Phantom of the Opera written by Andrew Lloyd Webber is currently the longest running show in Broadway history, it opened on January 26, 1988 and is still going strong!
Note: To date, Cats is the second longest show, having run from Oct. 1982 to Sept. 2000. It was also written by Andrew Lloyd Webber!

How much money do Broadway shows make?

Broadway shows are one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City. For the 2012 – 2013 season, Broadway shows grossed over $1.1 billion in ticket sales with over 12 million tickets sold.


Many people believe the theatrical productions on Broadway are the best in the world. Each year, the best Broadway shows are awarded Tony Awards. Check out Tony Awards Fun Facts.