Broadway (play)

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First edition 1927
Written by
Date premiered September 16, 1926 (1926-09-16)
Place premiered Broadhurst Theatre,
New York City, New York
Original language English
Genre Drama
Setting The private party room of the Paradise Night Club, New York City

Broadway is a 1926 Broadway play produced by Jed Harris and written and directed by George Abbott and Philip Dunning. It was Abbott's first big hit on his way to becoming "the most famous play doctor of all time" after he "rejiggered" Dunning's play.[1] The crime drama used "contemporary street slang and a hard-boiled, realistic atmosphere"[2] to depict the New York City underworld during Prohibition. It opened on September 16, 1926, at the Broadhurst Theatre and was one of the venue's greatest hits,[3] running for 603 performances.

Carl Laemmle later paid a then-extravagant $225,000 for the film rights.[4]

A 1978 Broadway-bound revival of Broadway, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, closed during its Boston tryout.[5]


  1. ^ "Theater: Director/Writer George Abbott, 1887-1995". Newsweek. February 13, 1995. Retrieved July 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ Burt, Daniel S. (2004). The chronology of American literature: America's literary achievements from the colonial era to modern times. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-618-16821-4.  pp. 377-378
  3. ^ "Broadhurst Theatre (Broadway)". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ Barrios, Richard (1995). A song in the dark: the birth of the musical film. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508811-5.  p. 95
  5. ^ Corry, John. "Broadway." The New York Times, June 30, 1978.

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