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Thursday, September 26, 2019

8 Highlights From the New Hal Prince Exhibition at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts by Doug Reside

You have until March 31, 2020, to see the rest of the wild display of sets, costumes, annotated scripts, and not-to-be-believed correspondences from Prince’s body of Broadway work.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

6 Times Orpheus and Eurydice Took the Stage Before Hadestown by Doug Reside

Script pages, set photos, and more New York Public Library records from previous stagings of the Greek myth.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

6 Behind-the-Scenes Documents From Broadway’s Original Pippin by Doug Reside

Production notes, lighting plots, and design inspiration for Bob Fosse and Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

4 Other Times King Kong Almost Made It to Broadway by Doug Reside

Looking through the archives of the New York Pulic Library for the Performing Arts, the current production was not the first attempt to adapt the 1933 film.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

9 Rarely Seen Artifacts From 80-Plus Years of Oklahoma! by Doug Reside

A history of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! through the New York Public Library archives.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Exclusive: Look at Rare Merrily We Roll Along Forgotten Relics and Broadway Archives by Doug Reside

From George Furth's work session notes to Jason Alexander’s score, look at these rare documents from the famed Sondheim-Furth musical.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

7 Broadway Shows That Used Masquerades to Flip the Script by Doug Reside

Be More Chill’s famous Halloween scene isn’t the first time a major production used a night of disguise to push the story.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

See 6 Genuine Relics From Sarah Bernhardt’s Incomparable Career by Doug Reside

From the play Bernhardt/Hamlet to the upcoming film Playing to the Gods, Sarah Bernhardt is all the rage again.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Olive Wong and a Guide to the NYPL Costume Collections by Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator For The Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Billy Rose Theatre Division

Title bar from Olive Wong's Original Draft for the Costume Guide  Download: Costume Design Research Guide by Aileen Abercrombie Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to visit the Libra…

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Public Domain Theater: The Black Crook by Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator For The Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Billy Rose Theatre Division

This is one of a series of blog posts related to the NYPL Public Domain Release: discover the collections and find inspiration for using them in your own research, teaching, and creative pr…

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Musical of the Month: Golden Dawn by Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator For The Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Billy Rose Theatre Division

A guest post by Kate Edney. Page from the original souvenir program of Golden Dawn  Golden Dawn (1927) is one of those musicals that has been almost completely erased from histories of …

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Musical of the Month: Little Nemo in Slumberland by Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator For The Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Billy Rose Theatre Division

Image from published sheet music of Little Nemo. Image ID: g99c836_001 A guest post By Brian D. Valencia In one of two overblown patriotic spectacles, the Act 2 finale of Little Nemo in S…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Across A Crowded Room: 2015 Edition by Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator For The Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Billy Rose Theatre Division

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. If you are a musical theater...  ...com…

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Musical of the Month: Rex by Doug Reside

Richard Rodgers, Nicol Williamson, Penny Fuller, and Sheldon Harnick work on Rex A guest post by Sherman Yellen. After “The Rothschilds” I left the theater and worked as a screenwrite…

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Musical of the Month: The Rothschilds by Doug Reside

Hal Linden and Leila Martin in a scene from The Rothschilds, Classmark *T-PHO B A guest post by Sherman Yellen, bookwriter of The Rothschilds. It was sometime in the early 1960s that produ…

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Musical of the Month: Tenderloin by Doug Reside

Friedman-Abeles Photograph Collection: Image Id: 424286 / Classmark: *T-VIM 1992-013] A guest post by Philip Lambert, author of To Broadway! To Life! The Musical Theater of Bock and Harn…

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Jerry Bock's Demo Recordings: Fiddler on the Roof by Doug Reside

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&…

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Musical of the Month: Fiddler on the Roof by Doug Reside

In the following blog post, Columbia University's Alisa Solomon examines three typescripts of Fiddler on the Roof  that can be studied at the Library for the Per…

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Richard Attenborough's Shadowlands by Doug Reside

Most of the articles memorializing director and actor Richard Attenborough cite his role as the nearly-mad scientist, Dr. John Hammond, in the film version of Jurassic Park or his directoral…

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams on Stage by Doug Reside

While reading about riots in my hometown last night, I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a headline announcing the shocking death of Robin Williams.  I really can add very little to the…

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

How Much is a TONY Worth to a Broadway Show? by Doug Reside

In the week following the announcement of the TONY awards, the winner for best musical, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, enjoyed its best week ever, bringing in more than $100,000…

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jerry Bock's FIORELLO! Demos: Posts from New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center by Doug Reside

Original Cast of Fiorello! / Photo by Joseph AbelesWhen Jerry Bock died in 2010, his papers (drafts, correspondence, business records, etc.) came to the library as he had planned. A year or…

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Jerry Bock's FIORELLO! Demos by Doug Reside

Original Cast of Fiorello! / Photo by Joseph AbelesWhen Jerry Bock died in 2010, his papers (drafts, correspondence, business records, etc.) came to the library as he had planned. A year or…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Announcing LIBRETTO!: Posts from New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center by Doug Reside

I am very pleased to announce the first release of Libretto, a prototype open source, e-book reader for reading musicals on Android devices!Like so many fans of musical theater, I spent many…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Musical of the Month: Are You With It? by Doug Reside

A guest post by Ben West of UnsungMusicalsCo. November 1945. The New York Post calls it "a long-awaited musical comedy hit;" Universal purchases the film rights for more than $100,…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Across A Crowded Room Meetup by Doug Reside

I’m very excited to announce that, one enchanted evening (6:00-8:30 on October 5th to be precise), we will host the first Across A Crowded Room meet-up at the Library for the Performin…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Musical of the Month: Bless You All by Doug Reside

A guest post by Ben West of UnsungMusicalsCo. Between March 1946 and December 1948, six highly successful musical revues opened on Broadway, playing a combined total of 2,653 performances an…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Three Songs From Barefoot Boy With Cheek by Doug Reside

A guest post by Ben West of UnsungMusicalsCo. When I was approached about recording Barefoot Boy With Cheek, I jumped at the opportunity. Based on the best-selling novel by Tony Award nomine…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Musical of the Month: The Fig Leaves Are Falling by Doug Reside

A guest post by Ben West. Strange as it may seem given its frank narrative and its traditional sound, The Fig Leaves Are Falling is not a conventional musical. This colorful, vivacious and d…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Musical of the Month: Listen to Very Good Eddie by Doug Reside

I'll be posting a April's Musical of the Month later this week, but before I do, I wanted to share the results of a little experiment. I recently discovered a new music streaming subscriptio…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Musical of the Month: Very Good Eddie by Doug Reside

Last August, musical theater historian Laura Frankos detailed the history of the Princess Musicals in her introduction to Oh, Boy! This month's musical, Very Good Eddie, was the second of th…

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