“Broadway Theater District” published, added to VAMONDE app
September 10, 2019
40+ theaters celebrated in new LGBT theme:
“Broadway Theater District”
published to website and added to the VAMONDE app
Our Curated Themes make it easy for you to explore NYC’s LGBT historic sites by subjects of interest. The latest addition—to both our website and our channel on the VAMONDE app (download from Apple or Google Play!)—is a 40+ site collection of theaters on and around Broadway, from 41st to 54th Streets.
Whether a star with name in flashing lights on a marquee or a member of the chorus line, so many LGBT individuals have contributed their talents to our theater history. We celebrate them with our new Broadway Theater District theme.
New York City has long been considered the leading American center for arts and culture, and the arts—especially theater—constitute one of New York’s primary economic forces. Throughout the 20th century, the LGBT community has had a significant and disproportionate impact on the Broadway stage, even as the New York Legislature-enacted Wales Padlock Law (1927-1967) made it illegal for theaters to show plays that featured gay and lesbian characters (though some productions managed to get around this restriction).
This curated collection spotlights the Broadway Theater District and its associations with major LGBT performers and creators. Research for this new theme has been supported, in part, by a grant from the Manhattan Community Awards Program, facilitated by the Office of Borough President Gale Brewer.