Broadway is famous as the pinnacle of the American theatre industry. This district is known for its abundance of theatres. Many of theatres have been in use for over 50 years! The Majestic Theatre is one of the largest Broadway theatres in New York City, with 1607 seats at its 245 West 44th Street location. Herbert J. Krapp designed the theatre in 1927 for Irwin Chanin, but was soon taken over by the present owners, the Shuberts, during the Great Depression. The interior of the theatre is a beautiful neo-classical design and has remained one of Broadway's premier musical houses. It currently hosts the longest running show on Broadway, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.

The Great White Way is the nickname given to the section of Broadway that runs through the theatre district. Nearly a mile of Broadway was illuminated in 1880 by Brush arc lamps, making it among the first electrically lighted streets in the United States. Other notable theatres in the area include The Belasco, The Imperial, The Palace, The Shubert, the Ambassador and the Winter Garden. The Winter Garden was the home of the musical ‘Cats’ for 18 years.

One of the most influential people to the theatre district is George M. Cohan. Born in 1878, the multi-talented Cohan was an entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer. Known as 'the man who owned Broadway' in the decade before World War I, he is said to be the father of the American musical comedy. His statue resides right across the street from the Times Square Alliance Information Center.

Broadway is a must see attraction for tourists and a local treasure for the native New Yorker. Whichever you are, be sure to make time to see this historic street, which runs through the entire island of Manhattan.