David & Lorraine Cheng Library

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Theatre Resources

CurtainUp: The Internet Magazine of Theater Reviews and Features
Guide to current theater in New York City, Washington D.C., and, to a lesser extent, London. Continually updated, the site's features include extensive theater reviews, book reviews, interviews, and three quotation sections. Particularly useful are the Broadway, Off-Broadway, and D.C. annotated address books, which list dates and locations of performances and offer links to CurtainUp reviews. Additional features include master indices of all reviews and playwrights. [Internet Scout Project]
International Theater Design Archive
A collection of several hundred images of theater designs for scenes, costumes, and lighting. They are indexed by title, playwright, designer, and producer. [Librarians' Index to the Internet]
Internet Broadway Database
Created by the Research Department of League of American Theatres and Producers, the Internet Broadway Database provides information about shows produced on Broadway, including all "title page" information about each production. IBDB also offers historical information about theatres and various statistics and fun facts related to Broadway. Information found in IBDB is derived primarily from theatre programs (in most cases from a production's opening night). Supplemental information was taken from newspaper and magazine reports, theatrical text books, interviews with theatre professionals, and League archives.
Justin's Drama and Theatre Links
Large directory of briefly annotated links to theater resources maintained by Justin Cash, Head of Drama at Avila College, Melbourne, Australia. Among the most useful sections are those dealing with theater genres and styles, stagecraft, and scripts.
McCoy's Guide to Theatre and Performance Studies Resources
Musicals101.com: The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV and Film
Close to 900 Web pages of information about the history, development, and current traditions of musical theater. Persons seeking basic information about the history of the art form will want to read the essay "What is a Musical?" Each historical section is divided into smaller sub-sections, so users can move to each section quickly. [Internet Scout Project]
Performing Arts in America, 1875-1923 (New York Public Library Digital Library Collection)
Searchable database of 16,000 objects representing archival materials from one of the strongest periods in the New York Public Library's Performing Arts Library collections. Included are clippings from a broad range of newspapers; composite photographs, called "keysheets" that contain large numbers of reduced-size promotional shots; music sheet samples featuring popular music, show-tunes, jazz and dance music; photographs of theater, dance, and popular performance; and publicity posters and lobby cards, the latter produced in the early years of the film industry and used in theater lobbies to promote films.
Large collection of resources on theater history includes a script archive, a Today in Theatre History section, a featured topic area, and several other areas. The script archive is worth a look by aspiring thespians, as it includes a number of monologues, 10-minute plays, and full-length plays, most of which are in the public domain. The general theatre section is divided by country or region, and includes full-length articles about the tradition of the theatrical arts in Britain, Ireland, Russia, and Spain, among other countries. [Internet Scout Project]
Theatre History on the Web
Well-organized and annotated link directory of web-based theater history resources maintained by a retired faculty member of the University of Washington's School of Drama.
This searchable directory has over 1,300 links in dozens of categories for theater production, playwrights, actors, producers, directors, and stage managers. Includes organizations, associations, trade groups, educational opportunities, community profit and nonprofit theaters listed by state, and a Web site of the week and list of Pulitzer Prize winners. [Librarians' Index to the Internet]
The World Wide Web Virtual Library of Theatre and Drama Resources

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