Playbill Magazine collection

Playbill Magazine collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Unknown
Title: Playbill Magazine collection
Dates: 1936-2002
Quantity: 8.4 Linear feet 8 cartons, 1 document box
Coll. Number: ms3530

Biographical/Historical Note

"Playbill is a monthly U.S. magazine for theatregoers. Although there is a subscription issue available for home delivery, most Playbills are printed for particular shows to be distributed at the door. Playbill was first printed in 1884 for a single theatre on 21st St. The publication is now used for nearly every Broadway show, as well as many off-Broadway productions...For decades, Playbill concentrated on legitimate Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters, while Stagebill focused on concerts, opera, and dance in venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.However, by the late 1990s, Playbill was again profitable; Stagebill was not, losing millions of dollars annually by 1998. To increase revenue, Stagebill entered Playbill's "turf"...Playbill competitively responded to Stagebill's upstart incursion; Playbill began to produce "Showbill," a sister publication that conformed" to some customer's ad/other preferences when Playbill failed to meet their requirements.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of issues of Playbill magazine running from 1936 to 2002. It does not contain a complete run. Also included are a small assortment of Stagebills, Showbills, bound Playbills,and some ephemera such as ticket stubs, changes in cast notifications, and some art exhibition brochures. Additionally, there is a substantial amount of theater programs.

Index Terms

Theater programs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Playbill Magazine Collection, ms3530, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Playbill issues, miscellaneous

11-52Playbill Issues, 1936 October-1965 October
8Playbill Issues, 1958-1969
21-46Playbill Issues, 1966 January-1977 July
31-36Playbill Issues, December 1977-June 1985
41-36Playbill Issues, 1985 September-1990 March
5(1-36)Playbill Issues, 1990 May-1996 January
61-18Playbill Issues, 1996 May-2002 December
19TV Theater Edition Playbill
20Showbill, 1983 July-1986 March
21Stagebill, 1981 April-1989 April
1Bound Playbills, 1948 July-1951 January
22-23Theater Ephemera

2. Theater Programs

624Theater Programs Numbers/Symbols
25Theater Programs Ab-Am
26Theater Programs An-Au
27Theater Programs Ba-Bil
28Theater Programs Bir-Bur
29Theater Programs Bur-Bye
30Theater Programs Cam-Cher
31Theater Programs Cher-Coc
71Theater Programs Com-Cro
2Theater Programs Dan-Dead
3Theater Programs Deal-Dre
4Theater Programs E
5Theater Programs F
6Theater Programs Geo-Gre
7Theater Programs Gre-Guy
8Theater Programs H
9Theater Programs I
10Theater Programs J
11Theater Programs K
12Theater Programs La-Les
13Theater Programs Lik-Lov
14Theater Programs Mad-Mar
15Theater Programs Mar-Mid
16Theater Programs Mid-Mis
17Theater Programs Mis-Mus
18Theater Programs My-Mys
19Theater Programs N
20Theater Programs Odd-On
21Theater Programs On-Oth
22Theater Programs Pa-Ph
23Theater Programs Ph-Pra
24Theater Programs Pre-Pri
25Theater Programs Q-Reh
26Theater Programs Ret-Roy
27Theater Programs Sai-Sch
28Theater Programs Sec-Six
11Theater Programs Sk-St
2Theater Programs St-Str
3Theater Programs Str-Sym
4Theater Programs Tap-Tex
5Theater Programs Tex-Thr
6Theater Programs Thu-Tri
7Theater Programs Tro-Two
8Theater Programs U
9Theater Programs V
10Theater Programs W-Z