When it comes to making a name for yourself and stepping out on that stage, you might be looking at all of your options. Moving your way up from small-time stages to get to the 'big leagues' is huge, but just where do you actually want to go next? Two areas you've likely heard a great deal about are Broadway and the West End. But is one really better than the other? Or is there more to it than meets the eye?
All About Broadway
Broadway gets all of the attention from others. Performers talk about being 'on Broadway.' Theater-goers talk about going to see a Broadway show. It's a wonderful goal to aspire to as a performer because, in the US, it doesn't get any bigger than Broadway.
Being in a Broadway show, in New York City, is often considered the pinnacle of anyone's career. It means that you've 'made it to the big time.' With so many different shows performing on Broadway at any given time, it's also an amazing experience to be there and to be part of some of the biggest shows of all time.
All About the West End
West End, however, gets plenty of attention of its own. That's because it's actually very similar to Broadway in a number of ways. For one thing, it's a symbol of 'making it' and it's an area that performers will aspire to someday reach. That's because in London, it doesn't get any bigger than West End.
West End is actually the London version of a Broadway. It's the absolute pinnacle of the performer's career if you're making it in London versus the United States. This is certainly where the best of the best performances take place and careers are truly made.
Which Way to Go
Now, just because you're starting your career in the United States or in London does not mean that you are tied to only one performing center. Performers can absolutely go on to have a major career in London after starting out in the United States and vice versa.
Many performances that occur on the Broadway stage actually premiere the first one on the West End. This could imply an edge toward West End if you're looking to be at the top of the heap, but both areas have their strong presence and provide a truly remarkable addition to a resume.
Performing at either will give you credentials to perform elsewhere. And it's also going to give you the kind of chills you just don't get performing anywhere else in the world.
What it Means
West End tends to get more 'edgy' performances and more plays, while Broadway tends to have more musicals and family productions. Ticket prices also tend to be higher on Broadway than on the West End, though there are typically more ticket sales on the West End.
So, what does all of that mean? It means you will need to work hard to get to Broadway or West End. These performances aren't going to just fall in your lap. But you can absolutely make a name for yourself in either theater district.