Most American moviegoers tune in every year for the most-watched event in movies, the Academy Awards. If someone’s a music buff, chances are they turn the TV set to the Grammys every year to see the biggest chart-toppers of the season. And for the Broadway nerds among us, the big event happens at the beginning of June with the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards. While the Tonys may be less popular than the other mainstream award shows, they recently celebrated their 72nd year of celebrating the finest live actors and actress in America. The broadcast involves not only speeches and cheesy jokes from the hosts but also fantastic live performances. Radio City Music Hall fills with the best Broadway has to offer in a celebration of the theatre community.

History

The history of the Tony Awards is an interesting one that starts with some fierce suffragettes. They are named after Antoinette Perry who worked as an actress, director, and producer. Shortly after she passed away, the American Theatre Wing hosted a great party to celebrate the amazing work in the theatre that year. What started out as gatherings of around 1,000 individuals at annual galas eventually grew into the large event we know today. The first televised event was in 1967 and it lasted an hour. Today CBS devotes 3 hours to the broadcast, and it is shown around the globe. 

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There’s no business like show business, right? People dream of getting into the entertainment industry whether that be as an actress or actor, as a musician, or some other way. They dream of becoming a star, a household name, someone who is loved by all. But, despite their best efforts, the entertainment industry can be one of the most difficult to get into.

While many have starry-eyed dreams of the silver screen or a passion for being on stage, there are a number of other ways to get into the entertainment industry, and one of them is starting out on your own. There’s a lot more to entertainment than just being on the forefront—there’s everything behind the scenes from illustration and videography to lighting and recording. If you’re dying to get into the entertainment industry but aren’t sure you’re cut out to act or sing, here are some business ideas that you can take and run with to get your start in entertainment:

Write Song Lyrics

If you have a knack for writing poetry or song lyrics, you could get into the music side of the entertainment industry and make some good money. Whether you want to work freelance or create an official LLC, you can start your own business writing song lyrics for musicians who are going on stage. If you have experience writing music as well, you could offer those services too, making yourself even more valuable and helping you work your way up in the entertainment business.

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If you're a fan of cinema, a trip to Hollywood would be a dream come true. But if you prefer live theater, you'll want to head east — either to New York or across the pond to the United Kingdom. Broadway in New York City and West End in London are far and away the best districts you could visit to see a live performance. Check out the history and culture of these areas in this infographic, and read on for information about the shows you can expect to see in these neighborhoods of London and New York.

These two districts are about the same size and are jam-packed with theaters hosting new performances, classic plays, musicals, operas, and more. There are 40 venues in West End, which borders the River Thames and neighborhoods like Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden, and 41 venues along Broadway, which is in Midtown Manhattan. These theaters play a selection of newer works such as Hamilton, which premiered in 2015, and classics such as "The Mousetrap," which premiered in 1952.

Fans of the theater will love visiting either of these areas, and there's lots of related history surrounding the districts as well. West End is impressively historic; people have put on performances here for over 350 years. Though Broadway is comparatively younger, you'll still enjoy walking the grounds where millions of travelers have seen live performances since 1904. Whether you're just passing through one of these cities or are finally experiencing your dream vacation, you won't be disappointed in West End or Broadway.

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As fast as New York City grows, so does the list of movies that are shot completely in New York City, or that use part of it. The Big Apple has featured in so many movies starting with the first release in 1901, ‘What happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City’, that it has become almost home to the rest of the world. When you spot New York City in a movie, you know exactly where you are. We have chosen some of the most famous movies of all time that have been featured in the streets of New York City. Make sure to check your tours with TopViewNYC.com and experience where each of these movies were set. 

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