WORLD'S FIRST BROADWAY SHOW
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
What was the world's first Broadway show?
What can actually be considered to
be Broadway’s first show is a question of large debate. John Kendrick writes in
his book, History of the Musical Stage, that Broadway first began to see the
emergence of theaters in the 1800s however, Kendrick doesn’t make an attempt at
identifying the first show on Broadway, although he does surmise that it was
most likely a musical. In the book, he says that it’s impossible to pin down the
very first show because so many post-Revolutionary companies were creating so
many shows and musicals. He also says that in order to guess which show was the
first, one would have to take a guess among over 1,000 shows.
However, other sources claim that the first
Broadway show was most likely The Beggar’s Opera, which was performed by Walter
Murray and Thomas Kean’s travelling theatre group. This musical was performed at
the Nassau Street Theater, which is no longer in existence today, on December 3,
1750. So if one show or musical did have to be assigned the title of ‘the first
show on Broadway’ this would be the most accurate.
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