A Virtual Talk and Tour of the Beginnings of Broadway

Untapped Cities New York presents BEHIND THE CURTAIN. Image shows a view of  plush theater seats as seen from the stage between the parted red velvet curtains.

Behind the Curtain: The Birth of Broadway

Thur, July 2, 2020 at noon

Available for free to Insider members of Untapped Cities

Behind the Curtain is a unique look at New York City’s earliest theaters—the birth of Broadway—through images of its locations, its builders and managers, and the actors who made history on its stages. Join downtown theater-maker Ralph Lewis of Peculiar Works Project for a virtual tour up Broadway and the Bowery from Lower Manhattan to Astor Place.

Inspired by a rare 1851 book, Before and Behind the Curtain by William Knight Northall, Lewis shares the writer’s passion for the struggles and the growth of theater in New York City, from a single venue to an entire Theater District. See the sites today where the first theaters once stood, why they succeeded, and what became of them, with over-the- top anecdotes from the book and over 100 images. For anyone interested in American popular theater and its NYC history, this is the down-n-dirty story of how the Great White Way was born!

This live event is organized exclusively for Untapped New York's Insiders and will be broadcasted via Zoom. Insiders will have the ability to ask questions in a Q&A section at the end. Can't join this live virtual event? Don't worry, a video of the event will be made available to all our Insiders afterwards in the Virtual Content section of our website.

text and narration: RALPH LEWIS
direction: JASON JACOBS
animation: BARRY ROWELL

Our Peculiar Works projects are being made possible with private funds from The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Ken Glickfeld and Kris Hall Foundation, and by the Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York. Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Peculiar Works Project is the recipient of the 2018 Caffé Cino Fellowship Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards, which includes a grant from the Donn Russell Fund.