Treading the Boards Throughout History


An interesting bit of info we found who knows where, on an event/exhibition you should start planning to swing by and check out. It’s the Time Square Theaters: A New Century/A New Style, which is described as providing “a unique glimpse into the varied architectural styles of 20th century Broadway theatres.” Running from early January through March, the whole thing sounds really cool, even though this writer isn’t all that wild about the Broadway stage (despite his brilliant performance of Albert in “Bye Bye Birde” in the 8th grade at the world renowned Off-Broadway playhouse, Palo Verde Middle School in Glendale, Arizona (we said “off” didn’t we?). Here’s a rundown of what’ll be there:

“This exhibition explores Broadway theatre design from the last Victorian playhouse into the future through a historical journey reflecting society’s developing trends and values. Showcasing 12 theatres, it begins at the turn of the century, when the New Amsterdam brought the rare Art Nouveau style to the developing district, and travels to the 1930s when Renaissance style was highly popular. It then explores Broadway’s reaction to the movie industry, from planning techniques to the evocative romantic themes inspired by movie palaces. The exhibition notes the hiatus caused by the Depression as well as World War II and explores the new Broadway, where modern design and technology merged with a changing audience. It then proceeds to the future, when historic restoration and cutting-edge creativity will co-exist for Times Square theatres,” according to Theatre Museum notes.