Remarkably well researched and immensely entertaining, this definitive history of theatre in New York City spans more than three centuries and relates the development of theatre to the social, political, economic, and cultural climate of the time. Readers learn that it was in 1699 that a petition was first made for a license to perform plays in Manhattan and that 30 years later the first theatre opened in Manhattan. From Colonial New York, the story continues through the 20th century to the birth, and rebirth of the theatre district in Times Square and the revitalization of 42nd street in the mid-1990's. An A to Z listing of every Broadway theatre ever to exist is also included. Each listing features a photograph of the theatre, its address, the architect, the opening production, historical information, and, if applicable, when the theatre was demolished.
There is slight fading to the tops of pages but otherwise in very good condition.