- She Loves Me
- first first
- United States (New York)
The first major Broadway show to be live-streamed was Roundabout Theatre Company's production of She Loves Me, which was broadcast from Studio 54 on West 54th Street, New York, USA, at 8 pm (ET) on 30 June 2016. The Tony-Award-winning musical – based on a play by Hungarian-American playwright Miklos Laszlo – was written by Joe Masteroff and featured lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock.
Some Off-Broadway shows – such as New Group’s Buried Child and Signature Theatre’s Old Hats – and segments/highlights of Broadway shows, have been live-streamed previously but this is the first time that a full show has been broadcast. It was made available to via AppleTV and Roku users subscribed to BroadwayHD's annual on-demand service, or for a one-off payment of $9.99 – a fraction of the price of a Broadway ticket.
The New York Theatre Guide defines a Broadway show as one located, generally, "between 41st Street and 54th Street and between Sixth and Eighth Ave, and has a minimum of 499 seats. (Note, there are exceptions!!). Broadway Theatres are also mainly commercial theatres." An "Off-Broadway" theatre is defined as having "less than 499 seats and more than 99 seats and/or is outside the geographical Broadway area. An Off-Off-Broadway theatre generally has less than 100 seats. Most Off-Broadway theatres are also non-profit."