Guide to the Broadway souvenir theatre programs collection, 1942-1997

Broadway souvenir theatre programs C0182

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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Title Broadway souvenir theatre programs collection
Date 1942-1997
Physical Characteristics 2.75 linear ft., 6 boxes
Abstract This collection contains theatre souvenir programs from Broadway productions between the years 1942 and 1997. The programs include descriptions of the production, along with information on the respective creators, performers, directors, choreographers, and producers. It contains many programs from original Broadway show runs, and features many famous actors, singers, and dancers who performed in Broadway shows.
Collection number C0182
Language English

Historical Information

The Theater District of New York City, known as Broadway after the main thoroughfare where over forty theatres make their home, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. First known as the Great White Way due to its dazzling use of lights on marquees, Broadway is synonymous with the best live theatre has to offer. The Golden Age of Broadway occurred between 1943 and 1959, when the theatre-scene exploded with the advent of a new form of musical, popularized by the legendary duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III in "Oklahoma!" What followed were some of the most popular, successful, and enduring musicals in American history. In addition to Rodgers and Hammerstein, composers and lyricists like Leonard Bernstein, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter found great success during these years with a variety of shows and collaboration with one another. Though new plays and musicals continued to churn out during the 1960s and 1970s, Broadway suffered a creative and financial slump during this time, only to be revitalized in the mid to late 1980s by the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber, producer Cameron Mackintosh, and Stephen Sondheim.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains theatre souvenir programs from Broadway productions between the years 1942 and 1997. The programs include descriptions of the production, along with information on the respective creators, performers, directors, choreographers, and producers. Instead of the traditional free playbill which is handed out upon entrance of the theatre, souvenir programs tend to be purchased at show concession stands, and are of higher quality, have color photography, and are intended to last as a souvenir of the theatrical experience. This collection contains many programs from original Broadway show runs, revivals, and features many famous actors, singers, and dancers who performed in Broadway shows. It also contains a few film souvenir programs.

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This collection is arranged alphabetically by production title.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Broadway souvenir theatre programs collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center holds other playbill collections, including the Virginia Nelson playbills collection, the Charles Rodrigues playbill collection, and the Larry Schecker playbills and pamphlets collection.

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Index Terms


Theater--New York (State)--New York.

Document Types:

Theater programs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Broadway souvenir theatre programs collection, C0182, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donor unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Research Center staff. EAD markup completed by Tom Duncan in 2010. Finding aid updated by Amanda Brent in April 2020.

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"Broadway History." Spotlight on Broadway. Accessed April 17, 2020.

"The Golden Age of Broadway." Digital Public Library of America. Accessed April 17, 2020.

"Timeline - 100 Years of Musical Theater - 1943-1959: Golden Age." PBS. Accessed April 17, 2020.

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Contents List

Broadway Souvenir Theatre Programs
Box Folder
1 1 A Raisin in the Sun, 1959
Sydney Poitier
2 The Act, 1977-1978
Liza Minnelli, Barry Nelson
3 Affairs of State, 1950-1952
June Havoc
4 Anastasia, 1954-1955
Viveca Lindfors, Eugenie Leontovich
5 Annie, 1977
Andrea McArdle, Reid Shelton
6 Annie Get Your Gun, 1966
Ethel Merman; News Article from May 19, 1966, referencing twenty years of Merman as Annie Oakley
7 Applause, 1970
Lauren Bacall; Includes Program
7 Aspects of Love, 1989
Andrew Lloyd Webber
8 Auntie Mame, 1956
Rosalind Russell
9 Bajour, 1965
Nancy Dussault; Includes 2 newspaper articles
10 Barnum, 1980
Jim Dale, Glenn Close
11 Beauty and the Beast, 1994
Susan Egan, Terrence Mann
12 Bells Are Ringing, 1956
Judy Holliday
13 Black and Blue, 1989
Ruth Brown, Linda Hopkins, Carrie Smith
14 Bloomer Girl, 1944
Celeste Holm
15 The Boyfriend, 1954-1955
Jean Bayless, John Hewer
16 Sugar Babies: The Burlesque Musical, 1979
Mickey Rooney, Ann Miller
17 Bus Stop, 1955
Kim Stanley
18 By the Beautiful Sea, 1954
Shirley Booth, Wilbur Evans
19 Bye Bye Birdie, 1960-1961
Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke
20 Cabaret, 1966
Includes special record of excerpts from the Columbia Original Cast Album
21 The Caine Mutiny Courtmartial, 1954
Barry Sullivan, John Hodiak, Lloyd Nolan
22 The Caine Mutiny, 1954
Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray; Motion Picture
23 Call Me Madam, 1950
Ethel Merman
24 Camelot, 1993
Robert Goulet
25 Camelot, 1960
Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet
26 Can-Can, 1953
27 Candide, 1997
Jim Dale, Andrea Martin, Harolyn Blackwell, Jason Danieley
28 Carnival, 1962
Anna Maria Alberghetti
29 Carousel, 1994
Rodgers and Hammerstein; Fisher Stevens, Shirley Verrett
30 Cats, 1982
Andrew Lloyd Webber
31 A Chorus Line, 1975
Chris Brown, Kay Gayner; Not Original Cast
32 City of Angels, 1990
James Naughton, Gregg Edelman
Box Folder
2 1 Coco, 1969
Katharine Hebburn
2 Crazy for You, 1992
Harry Groener, Jodi Benson
3 Cyrano - The Musical, 1993
Bill Van Dijk
4 Damn Yankees, 1955
Gwen Verdon
5 Damn Yankees, 1994
Bebe Neuwirth, Victor Garber
6 Dancin', 1978
Gail Benedict
7 Destry Rides Again, 1957
Andy Griffith, Dolores Gray
8 The Devil's Advocate, 1961
Includes Newspaper Article from April 2, 1961
9 The Diary of Anne Frank, 1955
Joseph Schildkraut, Susan Strasberg
10 Do Re Mi, 1960
Phil Silvers
11 Dracula, 1977
Frank Langella
12 The Entertainer, 1957
Laurence Olivier
13 Evita, 1979
Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Bob Gunton
14 Fanny, 1955
Ezio Pinza, Walter Slezak
15 Fiddler on the Roof, 1992
25th Anniversary Production; Topol
16 Fiorello, 1959
Tom Bosley; Includes Newspaper Article on Tom Bosley
17 Five Guys Named Moe, 1992
18 Flower Drum Song, 1958
Rodgers and Hammerstein
19 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight, 1996
Nathan Lane
20 Judy Garland
The Story of Judy Garland
21 Judy Garland
Repeat copy from previous folder; Includes Newspaper Article
22 George M, 1968
Joel Grey
23 Grease, 1971
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
24 Grease, 1971
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
25 Guys and Dolls, 1950
Vivian Blaine
26 Gypsy, 1959
Ethel Merman
27 Hadrian VII, 1968
Alec McCowen
28 Hair, 1967
Includes a number of newspaper articles about the production
29 Happy Hunting, 1956
Ethel Merman, Fernando Lamas
30 The Happy Time, 1950
Ethel Merman, David Wayne
31 A Hatful of Rain, 1955-1956
Shelley Winters, Ben Gazzara
32 Hats Off to Ice, 1944-1946
Freddie Trenkler, Carol Lynne
33 Hello Dolly, 1970
Ethel Merman
34 Hello Dolly, 1964-1970
Carol Channing
35 Hello Dolly, 1975
Pearl Bailey; Includes newspaper articles about the production
Box Folder
3 1 I Do I Do, 1965
Mary Marting, Robert Preston; Includes newspaper article about the production
2 Irma La Douce, 1960-1961
Elizabeth Seal, Keith Michell
3 Tribute, 1978
Jack Lemmon
4 Jamaica, 1957
Lena Horne, Ricardo Montalban
5 JB, 1959
Christopher Plummer, Basil Rathbone, James Daly
6 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Andrew Lloyd Webber; Michael Domain
7 Joseph, 1999
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Donny Osmond
8 The King and I, 1996
Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lou Diamond Phillips
9 The King and I, 1951
Gertrude Lawrence, Rodger and Hammerstein; Includes newspaper article
10 The Kingfisher, 1978
Rex Harrison, Claudette Colbert, George Rose
11 Kismet, 1953
Alfred Drake
12 Kiss Me Kate, 1948
Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison
13 The Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1993
Chita Rivera, Brent Carver, Anthony Crivello
14 Le Plume De Ma Tante, 1958-1960
15 The Lark, 1955
Julie Harris, Boris Karloff
16 Last of the Red Hot Lovers, 1969
James Coco, Rita Moreno, Marcia Rodd, Doris Roberts
17 Laughter on the 23rd Floor, 1993
Nathan Lane
18 Lil Abner: An Original Musical Comedy, 1956
Edith Adams, Peter Palmer, Howard St. John, Stubby Kaye, Charlotte Rae
19 Lost in Yonkers, 1991
Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl, Kevin Spacey
20 Mame, 1966
Angela Lansbury
21 Man of La Mancha, 1992
Raul Julia, Sheena Easton, Tony Martinez
22 Man of La Mancha, 1965
Brooks Atkinson, David Atkinson, Wilbur Evans
23 Me and Juliet, 1953
Rodgers and Hammerstein
24 The Marriage-Go-Round, 1958
Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert
25 Me and My Girl, 1986-1989
James Brennan, Judy Blazer, Jay Garner; Includes Program
26 The Member of the Wedding, 1950
Ethel Waters, Julie Harris
27 A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1996
William Shakespeare; Alex Jennings, Lindsay Duncan
28 The Miracle Worker, 1959-1961
Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Torin Thatcher
29 Miss Saigon, 1991
Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga, Willy Falk
30 More Stately Mansions, 1967
Ingrid Bergman, Arthur Hill, Colleen Dewhurst
31 The Most Happy Fella, 1957
Robert Weede
32 The Music Man, 1962
Robert Preston
33 My Fair Lady, 1956
Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews
34 My Fair Lady, 1993-1994
Richard Chamberlain
35 New Girl in Town, 1957
Gwen Verdon, Thelma Ritter; Includes Program
36 New Girl in Town, 1957
Gwen Verdon, Thelma Ritter
37 Oklahoma!, 1955
Rodgers and Hammerstein; Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Gloria Grahame, Rod Steiger
38 Oklahoma!, 1979
Rodgers and Hammerstein; Laurence Guittard, Mary Wickes, Christine Andreas
Box Folder
4 1 Oklahoma!, 1943
Betty Garde, Harry Stockwell, Celeste Holm
2 Oklahoma!
Bruce Yarnell, Lee Beery, April Shawhan, Spiro Malas, Margaret Hamilton
3 Oliver, 1968
Ron Moody; Film version
4 On the Town, 1944-1946
Cris Alexander, Adolph Green, John Battles
5 On the Twentieth Century, 1978
Imogene Coca, John Cullum, Judy Kaye; Winner of 5 Tony Awards in 1978
6 Once on This Island, 1990
Lillias White (Appears on flyer but not in playbill)
7 Paint Your Wagon, 1951
James Barton, Olga San Juan
8 The Pajama Game, 1954
John Raitt, Janis Paige, Eddie Foy Jr
9 Pal Joey, 1952
Vivienne Segal, Harold Lang
10 Peter Pan, 1950
Jean Arthur, Boris Karloff, Marcia Henderson
11 The Phantom of the Opera, 1989
Pantages Theatre Toronto; Colm Wilkinson, Rebecca Caine, Byron Nease
12 Pipe Dream, 1955
Helen Traubel, William Johnson, Judy Tyler; Rodgers and Hammerstein
13 Plain and Fancy, 1955
Richard Derr, Barbara Cook
14 Plaza Suite, 1971
Maureen Stapleton, Don Porter
15 Promises, Promises, 1968
Jerry Orbach, Jill O'Hara, Edward Winter
16 Redhead, 1959
Gwen Verdon, Richard Kiley
17 Rosalinda, 1942
18 Say, Darling, 1958
David Wayne, Vivian Blaine, Johnny Desmond
19 Search for Paradise, 1957
Christopher Young, James Parker; Film version
20 The Seven Year Itch, 1955
Tom Ewell, Vanessa Brown
21 Shirley Maclaine on Broadway
22 Show Boat, 1994-1997
John McMartin, Elaine Stritch, Rebecca Luker, Mark Jacoby, Lonette McKee
23 Silk Stockings, 1955
Hildegarde Neff, Don Ameche
25 Smokey Joe's Cafe, 1995
DeLee Lively, Michael Park, Ken Ard
26 Song of Norway, 1947
Irra Petina, Lawrence brooks, Helena Bliss
27 The Sound of Music, 1959
Mary Martin
28 South Pacific, 1955-1956
Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza
29 South Pacific, 1967
Florence Henderson, Giorgio Tozzi
30 South Pacific
31 State Fair, 1996
Scott Wise, Ben Wright, Jackie Angelescu
Box Folder
5 1 Sunset Boulevard, 1994
Betty Buckley, Alan Campbell, Alice Ripley, George Hearn; Andrew Lloyd Webber
2 Sunset Boulevard, 1994
Glenn Close, Alan Campbell, Alice Ripley, George Hearn; Andrew Lloyd Webber
3 Sunset Boulevard, 1994
Elaine Page, Alan Campbell, Alice Ripley, George Hearn; Andrew Lloyd Webber
4 Sunrise at Campobello, 1958
Ralph Bellamy, Mary Fickett, Henry Jones
5 Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 1979
Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou, Cris Groenendaal
6 Sweet Bird of Youth, 1959
Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Sydney Blackmer
7 Take Me Along, 1959-1960
Jackie Gleason, Walter Pidgeon, Eileen Herlie
8 The Teahouse of the August Moon, 1953
David Wayne, John Forsythe, Mariko Niki
9 Tenderloin, 1960
Maurice Evans, Ron Husmann
10 Timbuktu, 1978
Eartha Kitt, Melba Moore, Gilbert Price
11 Top Banana, 1952
Phil Silvers, Audrey Meadows
12 Toys in the Attic, 1960-1961
Jason Robards Jr, Maureen Stapleton, Irene Worth, Anne Revere
13 Two Trains Running, 1992
Roscoe Lee Browne, Cynthia Martells, Larry Fishburne; Includes Program
14 The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 1960
Tammy Grimes, Harve Presnell
15 Victor Victoria, 1995
Julie Andrews, Tony Roberts, Michael Nouri
16 West Side Story, 1960
Thomas Hasson, George Marcy, Pat Birch
17 West Side Story, 1957
Carol Lawrence, Larry Kert, Chita Rivera; Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins
18 Where's Charley, 1948
Ray Bolger
19 Wildcat, 1960
Lucille Ball, Keith Andes
20 The Will Rogers Follies A life in Revue, 1991
Keith Carradine, Dee Hoty, Dick Latessa, Cady Huffman
21 Winged Victory, 1943
Moss Hart
22 Wish You Were Here, 1952
Sheila Bond, Jack Cassidy, Patricia Marand, Sidney Armus
23 Wonderful Town, 1953
Rosalind Russell
24 The World of Suzie Wong, 1958
France Nuyen, William Shatner, Ron Randell
25 1776, 1969
William Daniels, Paul Hecht, Clifford David, Roy Poole
Box Folder
6 You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running, 1967
Martin Balsam, Eileen Heckart, George Grizzard, Joe Silver, Melinda Dillon
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