There's not a more enjoyable way to spend an evening out on the town than to attend a popular show at a local theatre. With many different plays and musicals out there, there's always something that will appeal to fans of any interest. Aside from the caliber of acting, there are many different factors that go into making a show successful and entertaining. Set design and costume design can transport the audience directly into the time period and setting the show is being staged. The Theatre Venue also adds immensely to how an audience reacts to a particular show. Broadway theatre is considered the highest level of commercial theatre in the United States. Consisting of 40 large professional theaters in downtown New York, the Broadway Theatre district is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, and Broadway Tickets can be very expensive and hard to come by. Some of the more popular shows currently being performed on Broadway include, Wicked, Lombardi, Chicago, The Lion King, Rock of Ages, The Phantom of the Opera, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, and Mamma Mia! If you can't make it to New York, don' worry, you can still see some of the more popular shows at your local theatre venue. Broadway National Tours have become essential in bringing Broadway shows to the masses. Typically re-cast with new actors and crew, Broadway Tours travel the country, sometimes performing just a few shows, and sometimes settling down for an extended run, while performing the very best that Broadway has to offer on a smaller and more affordable scale. Some of the biggest Broadway National Tours in production right now are 9 to 5, Avenue Q, Billy Elliot the Musical, Dreamgirls, Cats, Grease, The Color Purple, and Mary Poppins.