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Blog Posts by Subject: Musical theatre

The Other Secret Garden

The success of the Library's Anti-Prom, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret Garden.Read More ›

Keeping #TonysSoDiverse Beyond the 2015-2016 Season

It is too soon to tell if the next Broadway season will boast the same number of projects that star Asian-Americans, Latinos, African-Americans, deaf and disabled artists that it did this year, but it looks promising. Here’s a look at upcoming projects that are scheduled to open soon.Read More ›

Garden Fashion at Anti-Prom

It is almost time for the Library’s fabulous Anti-Prom. On Friday, June 17, New York teens will assemble on the steps of the Schwarzman Building and reveal to each other and the staff volunteers their prom wear. Read More ›

Hamilton, An American Musical: A Reading and Resource List

Why was Hamilton so important that he deserves recognition today? Find books and resources on the “10-dollar founding father without a father.”Read More ›

Finding a Life at The New York Public Library: Remembering Shannon Bolin 1917-2016

Although Ms. Bolin is best known for her role as Meg Boyd in the original production of Damn Yankees (1955), the Music Division best remembers her in her association with composer Marc Blitzstein.Read More ›

African Americans on Broadway Then and Now

The 2015-2016 Broadway theater season is being hailed as one of the most diverse on record. Is this slate of shows featuring African Americans on Broadway unprecedented? Let’s look take a look back into American theater history to approximately 70 years ago.Read More ›

Announcing the Broadway Hackathon 2016

Teams will spend Monday morning imagining apps aimed at helping theater professionals of all kinds. Then, developers will have 24 hours to develop a prototype to demonstrate in a public presentation on Tuesday afternoon.Read More ›

Public Domain Theater: The Black Crook

This month, thanks to the Library’s release of all of our high resolution photographs of objects with no known U.S. copyright restrictions, the promptbook, the sheet music, and the photos may be used without restriction for any purpose, including commercially.Read More ›

Musical of the Month: Golden Dawn

Considered today, Golden Dawn is obviously problematic on multiple levels, and the lack of any revivals of the show is not necessarily a bad thing. However, the study of non-canonical works like Golden Dawn remains crucial to understanding the history of musicals.Read More ›

Contact Strips and Head Shots

The advent of contact sheets was great for photography studios and of course, actors and their agents.Read More ›

HAMILTON: The Archive

In the musical Hamilton, which opened last night on Broadway, George Washington tells Alexander Hamilton, “You have no control...who tells your story.” At the New York Public Library, we preserve the artifacts that allow such stories to be told, and we have an especially strong collection of archives related to the women and men whose lives inspired the characters in the musical.Read More ›

Lincoln Center Local comes to Morningside Heights

Lincoln Center Local film screenings are happening uptown: One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch and Unsung Carolyn Leigh.Read More ›

It's Tony Time!

The 49th annual Tony Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 7th, and the Library can help you get familiar with some of this year's nominees.Read More ›

Across A Crowded Room: 2015 Edition

After the wildly successful 2013 edition of Across A Crowded Room, we are about to launch a second edition that is more exciting than ever before.Read More ›

Musical of the Month: Rex

A guest post by Sherman Yellen. Read More ›

Musical of the Month: Tenderloin

The show opened at the 46th Street (now the Richard Rodgers) Theater in October 1960 to mixed reviews and closed the following spring after only 271 performances. It has received respectful attention in performances off-Broadway and in City Center’s Encores! series, but has never been revived on Broadway. What exactly went wrong?Read More ›

Broadway Glue: Collage Art with a Theatrical Twist

On display at the Morningside Heights Branch from December 2-31.Read More ›

Happy 101st, Vivien!

Vivien Leigh, who was born November 5, 1913, may not have lived to see her 54th birthday, but she is one of the rare performers whose fame has long outlasted her death. Leigh's distinctive blend of delicacy and power as an actress, coupled with her great beauty, have helped to enshrine her.Read More ›

Jerry Bock's Demo Recordings: Fiddler on the Roof

A few months ago, I posted three demo recordings of Fiorello! from the Jerry Bock recordings in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. This month, in honor of Fiddler's 50th anniversary, I am happy to share six demos of Fiddler on the Roof. Read More ›

Musical of the Month: Fiddler on the Roof

In the following blog post, Alisa Solomon examines three typescripts of Fiddler on the Roof that can be studied at the Library for the Performing Arts. Her book, Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof, is available to borrow.Read More ›
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