Broadway’s Haunted Theatre

Let’s face it – theatre people are probably a bit more susceptible to superstition than most. But in the heart of Manhattan’s theatre district, the Belasco Theatre has become legendary for being haunted, and the people who work there claim that there’s a lot more to this legend than simple ghost stories. Closed doors on a set are magically open when the curtain rises, a reek of cigar smoke permeates a production in which no one smokes, and actor after actor reports seeing strange apparitions with some tie to the theatre’s namesake, David Belasco. Melodramatic hogwash? Maybe. But it sure makes for a good theatre story.