The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre, 1900-1975
Call Number: Reference PN 2266 .B68
Covers plays written or adapted by British and American authors and produced on and off Broadway. Entries cite date and place of original production, length of run, cast, producer, director, screen adaptations, and include a brief synopsis.
See also historical information in other sections of this guide.
Entries on actors, directors, playwrights, theatre companies, etc., as well as on individual plays or musicals. Emphasis is on Broadway and the New York stage.
Call Number: Reference PN 2277.N5 A17 (1964+)
An illustrated yearbook of the American theatre, emphasizing the New York scene, but also including productions of national touring companies, professional regional companies, and Shakespeare festivals. Gives cast, production credits, dates of run or season. Also includes brief performer biographies, obituaries, awards, and name/title index.
"includes over 13,000 images of items selected from the Federal Theatre Project Collection at the Library of Congress. Featured here are stage and costume designs, still photographs, posters, and scripts for productions of Macbeth and The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus as staged by Orson Welles, and for Power, a topical drama of the period (over 3,000 images). Also included are 68 other playscripts (6,500 images) and 168 documents selected from the Federal Theatre Project Administrative Records (3,700 images)."
"a multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini."
"presents promotional performers circulars (publicity brochures), musical and spoken word recordings, and programs drawn from the Records of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau, the largest booking agency for circuit Chautauqua, an enterprise that between 1904 and 1932 brought together under the canvas of large tents thousands of performers and lecturers and millions of small town residents across the United States."
- Colonial & Early National Periods
- Expansion & Diversification, 1812-1865
- From Melodrama to Realism, from Commercialism to Competition, 1865-1929
- From Modernism to Postmodernism, 1915 to the Present