The Broadway Game
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Players: 2 or more
Ages: 12 and up
Weight: 1,050 grams
Average Rating: 4.5 in 2 reviews
The very best thing about Broadway is that the dice have zeroes. No other game allows you to fail quite so spectacularly as when you overcall six times while producing 'Hello Dolly' then roll a zero for your Broadway Advance. It takes a special group of people to play Broadway, but it is totally worth it.
For a while in the early 1980's, TSR tried to branch out beyond their staple line of [page scan/se=0834/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Dungeons and Dragons products, with mixed results. Broadway was easily the best of the lot, having been 'play-tested' for years in various green rooms across America.
The theme of the game is Broadway, as seen from the producer's chair. There are eight plays to be produced, and each has ten shares. Players purchase shares as they travel around the Monopoly-like board, and when the last share of a play is sold, it goes on the road in an attempt at making it to the Great White Way.
If a play makes it through the out-of-town tryouts (definitely not a sure thing!) it makes it to Broadway, where it can begin earning money for its investors. It also provides investors with votes in the awards ceremony at game end. This can be crucial.
After all plays have made it to Broadway, the endgame begins with a couple circuits of the board as shows earn further money. Finally, the awards ceremony takes place. The producer of each play (the main shareholder) rolls the dice and consults the chart. This can result in the show automatically closing, or staying open with the expenditure of some cash from investors, or the expenditure of votes, or possibly given a bye and going on to the next round of voting. As shows drop out of the running, remaining vote cards can be bought and sold from players still possessing them. Eventually only one show remains open, with a huge cash bonus split between the investors.
The game is extremely cutthroat. A player may intentionally let one of his plays falter if he is a minor investor, just to allow another show of his to continue in the awards fray. The game takes a bit of time to play through, but it is time well spent. It is at least as good as Monopoly, and quite a bit better in my opinion due to the tense endgame and the fact that players share in ownership of the very few properties.
If you manage to get your hands on this beauty, you will not be disappointed. Put it on your Funagain wish list!