|Title:||Playbill Magazine collection|
|Quantity:||8.4 Linear feet (8 cartons, 1 document box)|
"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.
The collection consists of issues of Playbill magazine running from 1936 to 2002. It does not contain a complete run. "Articles within the Playbills change monthly to reflect new shows and artists performing in plays, musicals or special attractions; this wraparound section is the same for all Playbills across all venues at any given time. Within this wraparound, Playbills contain a cast list, cast photos, cast biographies, song lists and who performs the songs (if a musical), and a list of scenes for the particular show."
Information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playbill
The collection also includes 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.
1. Playbill Magazines: Arranged Chronologically 2. Theater Ephemera 3. Theater Programs: Arranged Alphabetically
Playbill Magazine Collection, MS 3530. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries