Monthly Archives: October 2013

Today in Theatre History: “A WELL-REGULATED THEATRE”; OR, THE OPENING OF THE BOWERY–October 22, 1826

With the rise in immigration and industrialization following the Napoleonic wars, New York’s neighborhoods began reaching farther northward and away from the traditional old city at the southern tip of Manhattan.  And as the city expanded, the wealthy found themselves … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Broadway–New Web Series on the Theatres and History of Broadway

A great new web series, just released, featuring University of Illinois Department of Theatre Head, Jeffrey Eric Jenkins. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505270_162-57608459/ http://www.spotlightonbroadway.com/

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Today in Theatre History: “MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE”: GARRICK TAKES LONDON BY STORM, THEN SHOOTS THE HORSE–October 19, 1741

Having failed as a wine merchant, David Garrick (soon to be the greatest actor on the 18th century English stage) tried his hand at acting.  And it was on this very day in theatre history–October 19, 1741–that the 24 year-old … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: NEW YORK’S ACADEMY OF MUSIC, “FRENCH BALLS,” AND THE METROPOLITAN OPERA–October 2, 1854

After the infamous Astor Place Riot in May of 1849, New York was left without a dedicated opera house.  A handful of investors decided to resolve the situation by building the Academy of Music which opened on this day in … Continue reading

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