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What was the first show performed on Broadway?
Opening on March 16, 1857, The Elves was Broadway’s first long-run musical.
What’s the proscenium?
Also called proscenium arch, this is the picture frame through which the audience sees the play.
The person responsible for giving instructions to the actors in a play is called:
A theater director, also called stage director, orchestrates the quality of a theater production. He or she oversees the actors’ performance and coordinates with costume design, lighting, props and other creative aspects of the production.
A patter is:
A patter is a form of rapid performance speech, which can also be in song form. It’s usually done for comic effect.
The person prepared to step in for a role if the actor playing the role misses a performance is called:
Understudies learn the lines and choreography of regular actors and are prepared to take over an important role when necessary.
What term would apply to a chair that an actor sits on and moves around during a play?
A prop, short for (theatrical) property, is a term describing any movable object that actors use during a performance.
The room where actors wait in when they are not needed on stage or in their dressing rooms is called:
There are quite a few theories about the origins of the term “green room” — some say it dates back to an English theater that had a back room which happened to be painted green; another theory links the name back to Shakespearean theater where actors would prepare for their performances in a room filled with plants and shrubs, as the moisture of the plants was beneficial to the actors’ voices.
What’s the longest-running show on Broadway?
Officially opening on January 26, 1988, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is the longest-running show in Broadway history. It has won seven Tony Awards (including for Best Musical) and seven Drama Desk Awards.
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