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This is not your father's Broadway.

This is not your father's Broadway.

In one generation, the whole Times Square area, and the people who make it hum, have transformed. Rows of rundown brownstones are disappearing behind construction fences to emerge as gleaming hotels. Chain stores are battling to plant flagship outlets in once-seedy Times Square. New theatres are under construction. There isn't an XXX sign to be found on 42nd Street between Broadway and Port Authority.

As a public service and guide, Playbill On-Line here lists the people, places and things that made the Old Broadway great, along with their New Broadway counterparts:

Old Broadway/New Broadway:

Porno Shops/Designer Coffee Shops Nederlander and Ambassador empty for years/Nederlander and Ambassador booked with top hits, Rent and Noise/Funk

Of Mice and Men /Disney

The Line at the Paramount/The $20 Line at Rent

Ed Sullivan/David Letterman

The Lunts/Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker

Turn of the Century (1900)/Turn of the Century (2000)

Mr. Abbott/Tommy Tune

Tommy Tune/Savion Glover


The New Yorker/New York Magazine

Pulitzer Prize/Tony Awards

The Method/Pilates

Orange Julius/Starbuck's

Bobby Clark/Bill Irwin

Apollo and Lyric Theatres/Ford Center

Ethel Merman/Patti Lupone

The Carnegie Deli/The Soup Nazi

Gray's Drugstore/TKTS

The Theatre Guild/Lincoln Center Theatre

The Ritz Brothers/The Flying Karamazov Brothers

The Morosco/The Marquis

The Astor/The Marriott Marquis

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson/Gregory Hines

Rodgers & Hammerstein write hit after hit/Andrew Lloyd Webber

The British can't write a hit musical/Andrew Lloyd Webber

Robert Russell Bennett/Jonathan Tunick

$9.90 top/$75 top

The Group Theatre/Blue Man Group

David Merrick/Garth Drabinsky

Houses of Prostitution/The Virgin Megastore

Bob Fosse/Wayne Cilento

Agnes De Mille/Graciela Daniele

Michael Kidd/Susan Stroman

The Russian Tea Room/Joe Allen

Mama Leone's/Carmine's

The Conning Tower/Liz Smith

Dorothy Parker/Rosie O'Donnell

Katharine Cornell/Cherry Jones

Martinis/Diet Pepsi

Julian Eltinge/Charles Busch

Upstairs at the Downstairs/Forbidden Broadway

Alexander Woolcott/Ken Mandelbaum

Parking Lots/Chain Hotels

Vaudeville/New Vaudeville


-- By Robert Viagas

Want to play? Send your Old Broadway/New Broadway item to Managing Editor Robert Viagas at robert_viagas@playbill.com

Here are the results so far:

From Mary Ellen Kelly (kelly@acsh.org):
"The Music Master"/"Master Class"
"The Owl and the Pussycat"/"Cats"
"Twentieth Century"/"Titanic"
Meredith Willson/August Wilson
Belasco's "Madame Butterfly"/Boublil & Schonberg's "Miss Saigon"
Barrymore as Hamlet/Plummer as Barrymore
Ziegfeld at The New Amsterdam/Disney at The New Amsterdam
Mrs. Leslie Carter's bare feet in "Du Barry"/Tim Hopper's bare...in "Present Laughter"
Hammerstein's Republic/The New Victory
David Belasco/Andrew Lloyd Webber

From Craig Rhyne:
Tennessee Williams & Elia Kazan/Jon Robin Baitz & Joe Mantello

From boggsv:
Gwen Verdon/Bebe Neuwirth

From John Bronston:
Kurt Weill-Marc Blitzstein-Alan Jay Lerner/Stephen Sondheim
Chita Rivera/Chita Rivera
Gwen Verdon/Ann Reinking
Workshop/Pre-Broadway Tour
Vivian Blaine-Barbra Streisand/Faith Prince

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