The First

Opened: November 17, 1981
Closing: December 12, 1981

The First - 1981 - Broadway History , Info & More

Martin Beck Theatre
302 W. 45th St. New York, NY 10036

Fictionalized account of the life of Jackie Robinson.

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HADESTOWN Comes to the Aronoff Center in April by Stephi Wild - Nov 30, 2022

Broadway in Cincinnati presents HADESTOWN at the Aronoff Center in April 2023. The winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album will come to Cincinnati in 2023.

MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE DO VEGAS Will Air on Channel 5 in December by Stephi Wild - Nov 30, 2022

Following the success of their UK top 3 album Together in Vegas last month the UK's biggest-selling male recording duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe head out, for a one-off TV special, to discover the wonders of the world's entertainment capital Las Vegas.

Southbank Centre Unveils IMAGINE CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL 2023 by Aliya Al-Hassan - Nov 30, 2022

The Southbank Centre’s annual Imagine Children’s Festival returns from 8-18 February 2023 with a vibrant cross-arts programme, offering creative and playful experiences for families to make memories together and enjoy the February half term. 

Lydia West Will Lead the UK Premiere of A PLAY FOR THE LIVING IN A TIME OF EXTINCTION by Stephi Wild - Nov 30, 2022

Headlong and the Barbican have announced that Lydia West (It's a Sin, Inside Man) will make her stage debut in the UK premiere of A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction by award-winning playwright Miranda Rose Hall. 

Alaska Junior Theater Presents CUENTOS: Tales Of The Latinx World by Stephi Wild - Nov 30, 2022

Alaska Junior Theater's second performance of 2022 celebrates Latinx culture through the storytelling of David Gonzalez.

Interactive Banksy Exhibition Comes to Philadelphia This Weekend by Stephi Wild - Nov 30, 2022

Banksy Was Here: The Exhibition, an 'unauthorized' Banksy exhibition, opens at Philadelphia Fashion District this Saturday, December 3, 2022 and runs through January 31, 2023. Don’t miss its arrival and debut in Philadelphia! The experience will plunge visitors into the universe of the enigmatic Bristol-born street artist, offering an incredible journey featuring over 80 genuine and certified artworks from private collections.

Review: LITTLE DICKENS at Canadian Stage by Ilana Lucas - Nov 29, 2022

Ronnie Burkett's LITTLE DICKENS, a partially-improvised puppet homage to A Christmas Carol set in the bawdy and naughty world of show business, is a metatheatrical, in-joke-filled wonderland that pulls all the right strings.

Taylor Tomlinson Adds Third Boston Show To THE HAVE IT ALL TOUR, February 1 by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

Taylor Tomlinson has added a third show in Boston at the historic Boch Center Wang Theatre after the first two shows sold out. The new show for “The Have it All Tour” will be Wednesday, February 1st.

Troy Castellano And McNamara's Irish Pub & Restaurant To Host 2nd Annual Holiday Fundraiser & Instrument Drive by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

Middle Tennessee-based Instruments For Education (IFE) will host its 2nd annual holiday fundraiser and instrument drive raising money and collecting musical instrument donations for Nashville-area students, teachers, and school classrooms.

Bergen Performing Arts Center Board Of Trustees Welcomes Valerie Huttle As Its New Chair by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

​​​​​​​Vainieri Huttle was recently elected chair of its board of trustees—the first woman to take that top leadership role at Bergen Performing Arts Center known at bergenPAC.

BILLIE! BACKSTAGE WITH LADY DAY Opens January 13 At Sierra Madre Playhouse by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

Billie! Backstage With Lady Day, the award-winning show with music and written and performed by Synthia L. Hardy. Directed by Bryan Rasmussen, presented by Sierra Madre Playhouse, running January 13- January 22, 2023.

The Royal Conservatory Of Music Announces Lineup of January Concerts by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

The 10th anniversary edition of the 21C Music Festival, which begins with the Kronos Quartet residency and a special appearance by Tanya Tagaq in December, and includes more than 18 premieres, continues with eight more concerts in January 2023.

Theatre Royal Brighton's New Season Guide Is Out Now by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

Theatre Royal Brighton's brand new What's On Guide is out now! Packed with top quality entertainment, there's a fabulous choice of shows this season from Mother Goose starring Ian McKellen and John Bishop this December, to Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons starring Aidan Turner and Jenna Coleman next March.

Writer/Artist Peppur Chambers Appointed To Chandler Cultural Foundation Board by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

Writer, film and theater producer and educator Peppur Chambers has been appointed to the Chandler Cultural Foundation's Managing Board,.

Community To Gather For A Full Day Of Celebrations At NJPAC's Annual Kwanzaa Family Festival by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

Thousands are expected to gather on the campus of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on December 17 as the venue's annual Kwanzaa Family Festival returns as an in-person celebration.

Jessica Vosk To Lead GET HAPPY: A JUDY GARLAND CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION At Carnegie Hall by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

On Monday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration featuring Broadway stars Jessica Vosk alongside Andy Karl. Written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, and directed by Michael Arden with Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Get Happy celebrates the life and artistry of the legendary Judy Garland.

Ice Theatre Of New York To Perform At UNWRAPPED AT MENACOLIN in December by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

Ice Theatre of New York will perform at Unwrapped at Nemacolin on December 3, 2022 at 8:30pm at the ice rink in Lafayette Square.

BAT OUT OF HELL National Tour is Coming to Australia in January 2023 by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, featuring Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s greatest hits, will arrive in Australia in January 2023 playing Arena’s around the country.

VIDEO: Michelle Williams Honors Mary Beth Peil During Gotham Award Acceptance Speech by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2022

Last night, Michelle Williams received a Performer Tribute Award at the 2022 Gotham Awards. During her speech, Williams honored Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil, who she had met while filming Dawon's Creek. Watch a video clip from Williams' Gotham Award acceptance speech now!

VIDEO: Netflix Shares THE VOLCANO: RESCUE FROM WHAKAARI Trailer by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2022

In the tense and gripping documentary feature THE VOLCANO: Rescue From Whakaari, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rory Kennedy tracks the minute-by-minute unfolding of the tragic volcanic eruption off the coast of New Zealand in December of 2019, ultimately claiming 22 lives. Watch the new video trailer now!

THE ILENE GRAFF HOLIDAY SHOW! is Coming to 54 Below in December by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present Ilene Graff in THE ILENE GRAFF HOLIDAY SHOW! on Wednesday, December 28th at 9:30 PM. Ilene and her very special guests will perform a host of holiday favorites inspired by the iconic Holiday specials of the ’60’s and ’70’s.

N'Kenge to Headline A VERY MERRY POPS Concerts With Houston Symphony in December by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

This holiday season Broadway star, N'Kenge will make her joyous return to the Houston Symphony as featured guest artist for A Very Merry Pops, a three night holiday concert series, led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski. The performances will take place on December 15th, 17th and 18th, 2022.

World Premiere of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS to Open at Seattle Opera in February by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

On February 25, 2023, McCaw Hall will host the world premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns, written by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos, based on the gripping novel by Khaled Hosseini.

Eric Hoffman and Ken Hatfield to Release Vocal and Guitar Duet Album STIRRINGS STILL by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

ARTHUR CIRCLE MUSIC will present Stirrings Still, an intimate set of duets for voice and guitar, scheduled for release January 24, 2023 on CD, digital download, and streaming, with a vinyl edition to follow in June 2023.

Rosie O'Donnell, Jason Alexander & More Land New iHeartRadio Podcasts by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2022

The new slate includes a roster of hosts including Rosie O’Donnell, Jason Alexander, Eric Andre, Amber Ruffin and more. The new shows include a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” rewatch series, several new podcasts from Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network and one series with Comedy Central, as well as a series with The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to Attend 45th Annual Kennedy Center Honors by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will attend the 45th Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, December 4.

SYREN Modern Dance to Present Collaborative Piece TICKTOCK at Stony Brook University's Staller Center by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

SYREN Modern Dance, New York City based company co-founded by Lynn Peterson and Kate Sutter, will present a performance of Ticktock on November 30, 2022 at 7:30pm at Stony Brook University's Staller Center.

Bio Ritmo Celebrates Its 30th Year As A Band With New Album 'Salsa System' by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2022

They keep bodies on the dance floor with a nitty gritty, vintage groove while keeping heads turning with experimental synth tones and electronic textures. They have a fierce, almost punk rock DIY ethos that pervades their attitude and style, releasing their records independently or on tastemaker labels like Merge, Fat Beats and Electric Cowbell.

Student Blog: Mackenzie's Guide to Fighting Imposter Syndrome by Student Blogger: Mackenzie Elisa - Nov 29, 2022

“You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are.”- Sierra Boggess

Tim Love Lee Releases New Single 'Mambo A Go Go' by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2022

Confessions Of The 36th Best Trip Hop Producer Of All Time is a retrospective compilation to mark and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Love Lee’s groundbreaking debut album Confessions Of A Selector. The album has played an outsized role in the trip hop/downtempo /electronica scene. “Mambo A Go Go” is out now as the first single.

Cast & Creative Team Announced for Co-Production of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Opening at Alley Theatre by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

The Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre and Artistic Director Rob Melrose announced the cast and creative team of Cambodian Rock Band. The Signature Theatre Production of Cambodian Rock Band is co-produced with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre/5th Avenue, and Center Theatre Group.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD & HARRY POTTER: HOGWARTS MYSTERY Partner for Holiday Collaboration by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

RPG mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and stage production of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child have partnered for a special holiday collaboration that celebrates fans’ unique Hogwarts experiences across the globe.

Stream Plaid Shares New Remix of 'Dissolved' By Gone To Color Feat. Martina Topley-Bird by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2022

They began creating their debut album in 2013 with recording sessions at John McEntire’s Soma Electronic Music Studios in Chicago accompanied by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse / Grandaddy), who eventually co-produced the debut. They also recorded at studios in Chicago, Nashville, and in Atlanta.

Phil Firetog Trio & Co. Rings In The Holiday Season With 'Long Island Christmas Eve' by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2022

Establishing a traditional festive sound from the get-go, “Long Island Christmas Eve” sets the mood with beautiful acoustics and bright, cheerful orchestration. Soft, harmonic background vocals complement lead vocalist Phil Firetog in his nostalgic ode to reuniting with long-distance friends and family for the holiday season.

The Beach Boys Return To The Van Wezel in February by Stephi Wild - Nov 29, 2022

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will welcome THE BEACH BOYS to Sarasota on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Emanuela Barilla Presents The United States Premiere Of Yasushi Inoue's THE HUNTING GUN by Stephi Wild - Nov 29, 2022

Emanuela Barilla presents the U.S. premiere of Yasushi Inoue's The Hunting Gun from March 16 - April 15, 2023 (Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm) at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater, 450 W. 37th Street, NYC.

Mariah Carey to Host Ultimate NYC Weekend Getaway by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2022

One pair of guests will be the first and only to book a weekend-long experience specially curated by Mariah with her top travel preferences, including a three-night stay at The Plaza, a Fairmont Hotel in New York – where will put them up in a lavish room fit for the star herself.

Dukwa Shares New EP 'Matter of Time' by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2022

Florence-based DJ/producer Dukwa returns with his club-ready EP Matter of Time, out now on Gudu Records. The follow-up to driving bass-laced single ‘Prune’, the EP came to life during the creation of his new live set and signals a sonic evolution for the artist who finds himself moving into deeper, slightly darker territory. 

LEAVES Comes to NY Theater Festival This Week by Stephi Wild - Nov 29, 2022

Playwright Victor Vauban Jr. brings his award-winning play “LEAVES” to Teatro LATEA on Manhattan's Lower East Side as part of the New York Theater Festival on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 4pm, Friday, December 2, 2022 @ 6:30pm and Sunday, December 4 @ 1pm.

Apple Music Launches New Replay Experience & Reveals 2022's Top Charts by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2022

2022 was a thrilling year in music, with listeners delving into new sounds, new languages, and new genres more than ever before. Additionally, the 2022 year-end charts show just how influential Apple Music listeners were in making 2022 a year to remember, both individually and as a community.

Interview: Theatre Life with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa by Elliot Lanes - Nov 29, 2022

Today's subject Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has one of the most prolific careers in the world of dance. Starting tomorrow evening, November 30th, you can see her work Doña Perón at the Kennedy Center as performed by Ballet Hispánico. The performance runs through December 3rd.

10th Annual Coltrane Festival Comes to Smoke Jazz Club by Stephi Wild - Nov 29, 2022

 SMOKE's year-end Coltrane Festival “Countdown 2023” begins with the first of 16 nights led by a longtime friend of the club: living legend and renowned performer George Coleman. He joins forces with a most illustrious protégé, the great Eric Alexander for an intergenerational tenor saxophone summit meeting for the ages. Coleman and Alexander will be joined by dazzling pianist Emmet Cohen, rock-solid bassist John Webber and rousing drummer Joe Farnsworth. 

Tron Theatre Announces Spring-Summer 2023 Programme by Stephi Wild - Nov 29, 2022

Tron Theatre has announced its Spring-Summer 2023 programme. Learn more about the lineup here!

European Debut of TURN IT OUT With Tiler Peck & Friends Comes to Sadler's Wells This Spring by Stephi Wild - Nov 29, 2022

Award-winning New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck presents the European premiere of Turn It Out with Tiler Peck & Friends at Sadler's Wells on Thursday 9 - Saturday 11 March 2023. With her personal touches on the evening, Peck has assembled many of today's most exciting dance artists for an innovative programme.

Birmingham Hippodrome Will Raise £30,000 to Bring Theatre to Young People by Stephi Wild - Nov 29, 2022

Birmingham Hippodrome is calling on the public to support its annual festive fundraising campaign to help enrich the lives of disadvantaged young people through theatre.

Interview: Michael Ahokma-Lindsay on Playing Jack Kelly in NEWSIES and How it May be THE OPRAH SHOW in Disguise by Kat Mokrynski - Nov 29, 2022

BroadwayWorld had the chance to speak with Michael Ahokma-Lindsay, who is playing Jack Kelly, the leader of the strike in the show. We talked about the true story behind the musical, the immersive aspects of this production, and how Newsies may be the Oprah show in disguise!

Photos: Inside MVAC & MTVarts' A CHRISTMAS STORY by Jerri Shafer - Nov 29, 2022

A young boy named Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. However, he is not sure he will ever make it to Christmas, between his brother Randy and the school bully Scut Farkus. Whenever he tells someone how much he wants it, he/she tells him that he will shoot his eye out and refuses to get it for him. Even a department store Santa Claus tells him the same thing. Upcoming Events for MTVarts and MVAC: 'A Night of One-Acts', January 13 - 15, 2023, at Warehouse 14. Paul Reiser: Live Stand Up Comedy, Fri 3/3/2023 8:00 PM, at The Knox Memorial Theater. Community Concert Association Divas 3, Sun 3/19/2023 7:30 PM, at the Knox Memorial Theater For tickets for upcoming events or more information, visit: &

Review: Central Arkansas is Toasting To Life with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Robinson Center by Theresa Bertram - Nov 29, 2022

What did our critic think of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Robinson Center? Thanks to 'Rona it took a Miracle of Miracles for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF to make it to Robinson Center, 426 W. Markam St., in Little Rock, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25-27, but it was definitely worth the wait. Celebrity Attractions brought a powerhouse production that handled this classic delicately, yet fiery at the same time. With original direction by Bartlett Sher and recreated by Sari Ketter, time passed without notice from beginning to end of the musical- It was pure magic.

Interview: The Multi-Talented Sis Discusses Her Brand-New Variety Show, Upcoming 54 Below Concert & More! by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

Read BroadwayWorld's interview with Broadway and TV actress and activist Sis. Sis discusses her brand-new variety show, Living For Sis, her experience in the national tour of Oklahoma!, representation on TV, what people can expect from her 54 Below show, and much more! 

Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Twenty-Nine - The Future by Stephen Mosher - Nov 29, 2022

Broadway World Cabaret is looking at the work of ten artists we refer to, simply, as THE FUTURE.


Jack Roosevelt Robinson
Dancin' Off Third
The National Pastime
Will We Ever Know Each Other
The First
It Ain't Gonna Work
The Brooklyn Dodger Strike
You Do-Do-Do-It Good!
Is This Year Next Year?
There Are Days and There Are Days
It's a Beginning
The Opera Ain't Over
Southern Hospitality
He's Gonna Keep His Eye on Us
The First has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 1981 and Broadway which opened in 1981.
The First has been nominated for several awards. It has been nominated for Outstanding Set Design at the Drama Desk Awards for David Chapman. Additionally, it has been nominated for Scenic Design at The Hewes Awards, also for David Chapman. These nominations recognize the exceptional work done by David Chapman in the set and scenic design of The First.
The First has won several awards for its outstanding set design. David Chapman received the Outstanding Set Design award at the Drama Desk Awards and also won the Scenic Design award at The Hewes Awards. These accolades recognize the exceptional work done by David Chapman in creating the sets for The First.



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