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The Road to Fame: The Great White Way

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Every day people get an idea for a new show. Every day people work on writing a new show. Every day a new show is denied access to that seemingly impossible goal, Broadway. But what about the ones who do make it? They are the ones who go down in history; the ones who get their names in lights. But the road to Broadway is long and strenuous.

I have been interested in theatre since before I can remember. I always wondered what it would be like to start a show from scratch and have it get to Broadway. I had heard it was difficult, but how hard could it really be? Once I started being in musicals, I began to understand. Even acting in a middle or high school show is incredibly demanding. I couldn't even imagine the amount of work and talent that would need to be put into a show to start from scratch and make it all the way to the Great White Way. I decided I would love to know about what it takes to get a show do Broadway, so I decided that my burning question would be: What is the process of creating a Broadway show from start to finish?

A Broadway show doesn't start as a complete idea that just needs the people to complete it. A Broadway show begins as just the spark of a notion in someone's head- whether it be a director, producer, composer, or writer (Kenrick). For example, Andrew Lloyd Weber's hit musical Cats developed from the idea for a chamber piece at the Sydmonton Festival periodically held at Weber's home and TS Elliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" (Hanan 1). This developed into the longest running show on Broadway at the time. A Chorus Line, another longest running show, started when Michael Bennett gathered a group of dancers in a rehearsal studio in New York City for twelve hours to ta...

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