The theater is one of the oldest forms of organized entertainment we have. It’s made us laugh and cry, as well as keeping us entertained and intellectually challenged. And while cinema is great fun, it is clear to see that the popularity and love for our theaters isn’t going to fade anytime soon. After all, it’s true what they say: there is no business like show business.
The Broadway League has released statistics for the 2016-2017 season revealing that the total attendance to Broadway has reached 13,270,343, and Broadway shows have made $1,449,399,149 which makes it the highest grossing season the they have ever had. This is proof of the fact that the theater still is extremely popular.
The theatre is huge all over the world, from Broadway in NYC to the West End in London. But regardless of where a show is being performed, it brings hundreds and thousands of people together in one place to share, witness and contemplate an event that is taking place, whether it’s amusing, thought-provoking or heart-wrenching. In an age where everything seems to happen through a screen, the thought of theater still being so popular and close to the hearts of many is truly magical and something that really matters: it brings people together in a way that nothing else is able to do.
When watching a show, we learn new things. We learn what happens in possible real-life situations which leave us to imagine what we would then do in our personal lives. And it’s no surprise that the theater has often been associated with openness and freedom – another reason for it being so popular as it makes people feel as if they can really be themselves and express their emotions.
The constant wide variety of musicals and plays that the theater has to offer continues to attract many enthusiastic crowds day-in, day-out. It’s brimming with creativity and we have seen show-stopping debuts and exhilarating comebacks. And with many choices for children and adults, is it really a surprise that the theater is still so popular?
The theater has been a huge part of our culture for hundreds of years, and is one of the many art forms that incorporates other types of art and creativity within it, such as costume design and choreography, as well as acting and singing. Artistic expressions such as these are used to communicate and to entertain, so there’s no doubt that the theater will continue to be popular as the years go on.
The theater matters: it brings us together, contributes to education and literacy and expresses to every basic human interest. So, if you have never seen a show, make your way over to Broadway to check out the classic shows being performed. It’s the scene of world-class acting, choreography, music and dance, and is tons of fun for people of all ages. Make the most of a night out with your friends or family – you are guaranteed to have a great time.