re: Jesse Green: Eighteen openings in two months will drive everyone crazy. But maybe there should be even more.
Posted by: AlanScott 11:22 pm EST 02/20/24
In reply to: Jesse Green: Eighteen openings in two months will drive everyone crazy. But maybe there should be even more. - MockingbirdGirl 10:35 am EST 02/20/24

Yeah, given how much busier Broadway was at many times in the past, not to mention adding in Off-Broadway openings to cover as well, it's hard to feel sorry for the critics. Especially when you factor in that the daily critics for the morning papers had an hour or two — maybe less in the really old days — to write their reviews.

Admittedly, he does at least acknowledge that Broadway used to be vastly busier, and the season he chose to cite was hardly the busiest.

Some seasons in the 1960s and 1970s got almost as busy as the older seasons when you include Off-Broadway. Off-Broadway didn't really exist as a defined and separate entity till the late 1940s. Before that, at least some shows that we would now consider Off got lumped in with Broadway, which is part (although a smallish part) of why there were so many productions in the really old days.
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