The first Broadway Show ever


WORLD'S FIRST BROADWAY SHOW
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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.



The first Broadway Show ever

The first Broadway Show ever

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