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August 15, 1996: NY Theatre Wire goes on-line thanks
to a gift of $300 from each of four New York theaters, La MaMa E.T.C.,
Jean Cocteau Repertory, Ubu Repertory Theater and Theater for the New
City, as a project to demonstrate the use of the Internet for theatrical
journalism and reviews.
October, 1996: NY Theater Wire is the first
on-line news service to offer first-night theatre reviews. The service
is cited as a "truly outstanding source of content" and receives
NBNSOFT Content Award from NBN News Corp. of Holliston, MA.
November, 1996: Endorsed by Netscape's
"What's New," NY Theater Wire's on-line readership surpasses
1,000 per day.
December, 1996: NY Theater Wire creates
first comprehensive theater listings by ticket price.
January, 1997: Theater Week magazine closes
unexpectedly; NY Theater Wire publishes all of Theater Week's unpublished
reviews and absorbs many members of its review staff.
March, 1997: NY Theatre Wire critics review
a record 21 shows in one week.
April, 1997: Theatre Wire spins off a "sister"
site, Curator's Choice, covering NY museums. Broadway, Comedy, Cabaret
and Asian Theater columnists join the staff.
June, 1997: Cinema coverage begins with
Jerry Tallmer's critique of Martin Scorcese's release of Jean-Luc Godard's
July, 1997: Domain names and ownership
of NY Theatre Wire and Curator's Choice are transferred to Metro New
Media, Inc., a New York corporation.
August, 1997: NY Theatre Wire begins coverage
of major European theater and opera festivals. The following year sees
news and review coverage from Edinburgh, Lisbon, Bayreuth, Bregenz,
Munich and Salzburg, among others.
August, 1998: Graphic design goes full-color.
Banner spaces are created and national advertising is accepted.
November, 1998: International section is
May, 1998: NY Theatre Wire critics issue
results of their first "Top 10 Shows of the Season" poll.
March, 1999: NY Theatre Wire Email (similar
to Hotmail or Yahoo Mail) is added.
March, 1999: NYTW Rush Club is formed,
an "opt-in email" system with free ticket offers, invitations
to special previews and openings, meetings with artists (actors, directors,
etc.) and more.
March, 2006: Dance section is launched.
May, 2006: NYTW creates an opt-in "Dance
Club," counterpart to its "Rush Club" for theater, which
was started in the '90s. Members are eligible for special ticket offers,
invitations to special previews and openings, meetings with artists,
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