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Accession 2150

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

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Descriptive Summary

Title: DuPont Theatre records
Dates: 1919-2001, bulk 1975-1995
Accession Number: 2150
Creator: DuPont Hospitality (A unit of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company)
Extent: 18.7 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: Originally called The Playhouse, the DuPont Theatre was the brain child of three top executives of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company who realized that Wilmington needed a facility cultural as well as business purposes. The DuPont Theatre records consist primarily of public relations and advertising materials related to the theater's operation. As such, they present a sequence of changing tastes in popular entertainment in a medium-sized American city.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

Series I. Administrative and II. Subscriptions are subject to a 25-year time seal.

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Historical Note

Originally called The Playhouse, the DuPont Theatre was the brain child of three top executives of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company who realized that Wilmington needed a facility cultural as well as business purposes. The company was in the middle of a transition from an traditional explosives manufacturer run from a domestic-scaled office building on the plant site to an international chemical company with a new, modern corporate headquarters in the center of town. To serve the growing number of executives, scientists, engineers and important visitors, the company was obliged to provide, as part of its headquarters, a first-class hotel and restaurants of a type not previously available in the city.

John J. Raskob, then assistant treasurer of the DuPont Company and an urbanite with ties to the Broadway entertainment world, was the major proponent. He believed that a theatre should serve as a business venture, as the source of the finest dramatic entertainment possible, and as a community resource for local charitable organizations' fund-raising shows. By providing a modern venue, he hoped to get Broadway shows to hold their tryouts in Wilmington, as they traditionally did in Philadelphia and New Haven, as well as attracting top touring companies. Along with Pierre S. du Pont, treasurer and future president, and R.R.M. Carpenter, Raskob imagined a theatre as part of the proposed new Hotel DuPont, and located in an area known as Pinkett's Court, an open space at the rear of the group of DuPont Co. buildings on Market Street between 10th and 11th Streets. Raskob, du Pont and Carpenter incorporated The Play House Company on April 17, 1913. Charles A. Rich, a New York architect, was selected to design the theatre, with the Wilmington firm of Brown and Whiteside appointed associate architect. After being awarded the construction contract with the low bid of $122,960, Wilmington's J. A. Bader & Co. broke ground on April 15, 1913. The Playhouse was built in 150 working days, and opening night was October 15, 1913.

The Playhouse's first lessee was William A. Brady, who signed a five year lease at an annual rental of $11,300. Brady appointed John S. Hale as resident manager of the theatre. Ticket prices in the first year of operation ranged from $2.50 in the orchestra and boxes to 25 cents in the gallery. Originally, there were 600 seats in the orchestra, 500 in the balcony (now called the mezzanine) and gallery (now called the balcony), and 200 in two box sections on either side of the stage, entered by special stairways. After bringing 35 plays and 44 other attractions to Wilmington, Brady officially closed his first season in April 1914. That fall he named Louis Alleman resident manager. One of Alleman's innovations was bringing in a stock company, "The Playhouse Players," which staged 11 shows from December through mid-March.

A feature of Brady's third season was a one-week appearance by a stock company directed by Charles K. Champlin. The company staged seven Broadway shows during a single week in January 1916, with performances both afternoons and evenings. Several 'gimmicks' were employed to entice audiences. Ten $2.50 gold pieces were given away Wednesday night, a tea was held for the Thursday matinee patrons, and $50 worth of groceries were awarded lucky winners Thursday night. Under Alleman's management, 53 shows were brought to The Playhouse during the 1916-1917 season, and 51 the following season, which was Brady's last as lessee.

The new lessee in 1918 was the Majestic Theatre Company, operated by James N. Ginns, Charles Topkis and William Topkis. They appointed Earle G. Finney, who had been assistant manager under Alleman since 1917, as the new theatre manager in September 1918. The new management ran into a major problem almost immediately. The Little Teacher, a comedy scheduled to run five days starting September 30, ran only two. The influenza epidemic was at its peak, with nearly 10,000 cases reported in Wilmington alone. On orders of the State Board of Health, all public buildings, including schools and theatres, were closed. This order remained in effect until October 27.

The 1921-1922 season had barely begun when Ginns and Topkis unexpectedly sold their lease to their manager, Earle G. Finney, on October 15. For the first time since The Playhouse opened, the lessee and the manager were the same person. The previous management had run motion pictures during the summer months, a practice eliminated by Finney, who included few films at any time of year during his five year tenure. His programming featured a balance among comedies, serious plays, and musicals.

Finney remained manager until April 1926. Following termination of Finney's lease, R.R.M. Carpenter approached the Shubert Brothers, Lee and Jacob J. (JJ), prime theatrical producers in New York, in an attempt to interest them in leasing The Playhouse. The Shubert brothers assumed the lease in the summer of 1926, and named Edward Rowland as manager in August 1926. Ironically, it would be under the Shuberts that The Playhouse would come closest to closing its doors.

At the end of October 1926, when R. W. Priest became manager, the Shuberts announced that they were changing the name of the theatre to The Shubert Playhouse. It was suspected that they thought the name Shubert would give the theatre added prestige. Despite the glowing prospects when the Shuberts took over, their first season proved to be the worst of any since The Playhouse opened in 1913. The season produced only 21 major productions. In an effort to reverse the trend, the Shuberts spent the summer of 1927 making renovations. The 1927-1928 season opened with two major shows. The first was an operetta called My Maryland. The second blockbuster, Golden Dawn, featured Metropolitan Opera star Louise Hunter. Mae West, Ethel Barrymore, and Fred and Adele Astaire also appeared in popular shows that autumn. However, attendance remained low, with some people blaming ticket prices, which ranged from $1.10 to $3.30. Whatever the reason for the low attendance, the Shuberts were not ones to back a loser, so they announced that the Shubert Playhouse would close around the first of the new year.

Faced with the threat of a dark theatre, the Chamber of Commerce called a public meeting on December 15, 1927 in The Playhouse. The Chamber president said the meeting was being held to prevent the loss of Wilmington's only legitimate theatre, which would result in both cultural and business hardship. The Chamber of Commerce proposed a plan, under which the Shuberts would agree to continue operating the theatre for nine weeks if an advance subscription could be obtained of no fewer than 500 seats for each opening night. The Playhouse manager said that the poor attendance wasn't due to lack of effort by management. Funny Face, which starred Fred and Adele Astaire, lost money in Wilmington but became a big hit on Broadway. Golden Dawn did more business on opening night in Philadelphia than it had done in an entire week in Wilmington. The Shuberts promised to continue to bring in the best shows available if the people of Wilmington would give their support at the box office.

About 100 subscriptions were sold at the meeting, and half of the desired 500 were obtained in the days immediately following. The Shuberts said that in view of the sincere effort made to save the theatre, they would rescind their previous decision to close. With the threat of closing behind it, The Playhouse completed its 1927-1928 season, and the Shuberts continued to operate the Shubert Playhouse for the next two seasons. During this time, R.W. Priest left his position as manager, in September 1929, and Howard S. Phillips was appointed to replace him. Phillips held the position from September 1929 until May 1930.

In August 1930, the Shubert lease expired. The Play House Company resumed the management, dropped its Shubert designation, and decided to continue the contract lease method of operation. Lester Murray was named theatre manager in September 1930, but in December of that year he suffered a fatal heart attack. Raymond N. Harris of Penns Grove, NJ was then named manager, a post he continued to hold until his retirement in June 1946.

The Play House Company was dissolved on May 14, 1932, and its assets transferred to the DuPont Building Corporation, which operated the theatre as a division. The DuPont Building Corporation was in turn dissolved on September 30, 1936, and the theater, hotel and office building all became the property of the Office Buildings Division of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. With the departure of Raymond Harris in June 1946, the Office Buildings Division assumed active management of the theatre for the first time. Francis E. Cavanaugh, a DuPont employee, was named manager. He started in September 1946 and continued as manager until June 1952. The Office Buildings Division became the Office Buildings Department on May 19, 1948.

The Playhouse underwent two redecoration projects within a three year period. The first was in 1949, and the second was in the summer of 1952. The 1949 work included a new paint job -- bluish grey for the walls and plum and gold for decorations and ornaments. The 1952 improvements included a complete overhauling and redecorating of the outer lobby. The box office was moved from across the corridor to its present location.

The Theatre Division was transferred to the General Services Division on August 1, 1951, which in turn became part of the Central Services Division of the General Services Department on January 1, 1954. The new manager, starting in June 1952, was William H. Doerflinger, also a DuPont employee. The Theatre Division was merged into the Control Division of the General Services Department on November 1, 1967. The General Services Department was briefly renamed the Central Systems and Services Department between June 1, 1971, and January 1, 1973.

William H. Doerflinger remained manager until April 1986. Heavy promotion was just one indication of the enthusiasm Doerflinger brought to the job. The Playhouse hosted 22 productions during his initial season. He also decided that since Wilmington audiences apparently liked musicals, he would attempt to bring as many as possible to The Playhouse, even though its relatively small (1,250) seating capacity discouraged many producers from bringing large musicals with extensive casts and heavy sets to such a small theatre. Among innovations introduced by Doerflinger were the student ticket program, free parking for subscribers, ticket reservations by telephone, dinner-theatre combination performances, and mini-series subscriptions.

Doerflinger retired in April 1986, with just one show left in the season, and Greg Moore took over as manager of The Playhouse. The Playhouse's "Children's Series" began in 1988. The 1990s ushered in a new manager, Patricia Gill. John P. Gardner took over as General Manager in 2004. By 1997 the name of the theatre had become The DuPont Theatre at the Hotel DuPont. In February 2003, the managements of the theatre, the Hotel du Pont and the DuPont Country Club were bundled as DuPont Hospitality.

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Scope and Content

The DuPont Theatre records consist primarily of public relations and advertising materials related to the theater's operation between 1919 and 2001. As such, they present a sequence of changing tastes in popular entertainment in a medium-sized American city.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Administrative, 1949-2001
Scope and Content
The administrative files include selected blueprints, a business plan, 75th anniversary materials, and a chronological listing of plays performed from 1913 to 2001.
Access Restrictions
This series is subject to 25-year time seal.
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1 Logos
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1 Lobby blueprints, 1949-1952
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1 Blueprints for Playhouse, 1963-1964
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1 Business plan, 1980
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1 Playhouse information and presentation, 1980
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1 Playhouse trivia, 1981-1989
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1 75th Anniversary materials, 1987-1988
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1 Master plan for the Playhouse, 1990
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1 Staff lists, 1990-1993
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1 ADA accessibility study of Wilmington area hospitality facilities, March 25, 1992
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1 Schedules, 1913-1930
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1 Schedules, 1930-1945
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1 Schedules, 1945-1981
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1 Schedules, 1945-1988
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1 Booking schedules, 1986-2001
II. Subscriptions, 1976-1995
Scope and Content
The records include ticket services, samples and prices of printing, sales records, subscriptions during the late 1970s to early 1990s, and published ads from 1993-1995 for rental of the theatre.
Access Restrictions
This series is subject to 25-year time seal.
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1 Ticket services, 1976-1987
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1 Samples -- prices of printing, 1981
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1 Sales, 1987-1989
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1 Subscription info, 1977-1989
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1 Subscription prices, 1981-1987
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1 Subscription refunds, 1985-1986
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1 Subscription, 1984-1985
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1 Subscriptions - Mini-series, 1985-1986
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1 Subscriptions - Renewals and credits, 1986
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1 Subscription brochure, 1987-1988
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1 Subscriptions - Forms and brochures, 1989-1992
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1 Subscriptions - Ads and flyers, 1989-1992
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1 Subscriptions - Revenue figures, 1990-1992
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1 Subscription package, 1992-1993
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1 Playhouse theatre rental -- published ads, 1993-1995
III. Promotional Department, 1986-1997
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1 Promotional Department - Appointment book, 1992
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1 Promotional Department - Comps, 1992-1993
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1 Playhouse -- article on page 66 of The Hunt, August/September 1997
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1 Subscriptions, 1991-1992
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1 Enertex marketing, 1989-1992
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2 Alvaré -- mailings and subscriptions, 1986-1987
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2 Best of Delaware party -- bets in live theatre, 1991
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2 Grand Opera House promotion, 1991-1992
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2 Corporate sales, 1990-1991
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2 Bye Bye Birdie (pins)
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2 Flowers and photos, 1994-1995
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2 Payroll deduction letter for subscriptions, 1990-1992
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2 Children's Series
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2 Evaluations -- Children's Series
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2 Holiday Story Salad
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2 Play to Win, 1990
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2 Slim Good Body -- Dinosaurs and Healthy Planet, 1991
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2 Lost in Yonkers, 1991-1992
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2 Potato People, 1991-1992
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2 Wonderful World, 1991-1992
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2 The Dragons Speak, 1992
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2 Thumbelina, 1992
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2 From Sea to Shining Sea, 1992
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2 Once on this Island, 1992
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2 Breaking Legs, 1992
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2 Lettice & Lovage, 1992
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2 Amelia Earhart, 1992
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2 A*B*C*, 1992
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2 The Secret Garden, 1992-1993
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2 The World Goes 'Round, 1992-1993
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2 Young Abe Lincoln -- Theatreworks, 1993
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2 Shirley Valentine, 1993
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2 Camelot, 1993
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2 Five Guys named Moe, 1993-1994
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2 City Mouse Country Mouse -- Theatre IV, 1994
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2 Curious George -- Theatreworks, USA, 1994
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2 Beyond the Miracle -- Arts Power, 1994
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2 Guys and Dolls, 1994
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2 Nunsense II, 1994
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2 The Sisters Rosenweig, 1994
IV. Publicity, 1876-1992
Scope and Content
Includes publicity about the theater and reviews and articles about plays presented there.
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2 Playhouse, 1988
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2 Articles -- Other Peoples Money, 1989-1990
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2 Newspaper Article -- Gertrude Lawrence's Lost Ring, October 21, 1946
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2 Reviews from News Journal and Philadelphia newspapers, 1979-1986
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2 Newspaper Samples -- Reviews and Ads, 1980-1992
V. Press clippings, 1959-1997
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2 Playhouse Theatre -- Review, 1997
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2 Articles/Clippings, 1959-1987
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2 Playhouse 1994-1995 season, 1994
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2 Breaking Legs
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2 Piano Lesson, 1992
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2 Grease, 1993
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2 Camelot, 1993
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2 Shirley Valentine, 1993
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2 The World Goes 'Round, 1993
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2 Hotel DuPont, 1993
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2 Lost in Yonkers, 1993
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2 1993-1994 season
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2 Guys and Dolls, 1994
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2 Nunsense II, 1994
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2 Five Guys named Moe, 1994
VI. Press releases, 1987-1991
Scope and Content
This series consists of press releases for both the Playhouse and several plays that were performed there.
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2 Mini-Series schedule, November 22, 1988
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2 Press releases, 1987-1991
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3 Chess, 1990
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3 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1989
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3 Lost in Yonkers, 1991
VII. Press materials, 1988-1994
Scope and Content
This series includes press materials covering a company called Media Networks, Inc. in 1990, and several plays that performed at the Playhouse.
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3 Driving Miss Daisy, 1988
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3 Grand Hotel, 1991
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3 M. Butterfly, 1990-1991
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3 Media Networks, Inc., 1990
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3 Bye Bye Birdie, 1991
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3 Shirley Valentine, 1991-1993
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3 Five Guys named Moe, 1994
VIII. Press kits, 1987-1998
Scope and Content
Consists of materials issued by the production companies and distributed to promote presentations at the theater. They contain press releases, photos, reviews and other information about the plays, which the theater was to distribute to advertise the shows in the local media.
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3 Big
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3 Chicago
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3 Fourscore and Seven Years Ago
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3 Grease
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3 The King and I
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3 Lettice & Lovage
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3 Rumpelstiltskin
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3 Stomp
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3 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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3 75th Anniversary, 1987-1988
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3 Can-Can, 1988
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3 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, 1988
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3 Me and My Girl, 1988
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3 Anything Goes, 1989
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3 Cats, 1989
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3 The King and I, 1989
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3 Into the Woods, 1989
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3 Nunsense, 1989
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3 South Pacific, 1988-1989
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4 Freedom Train, 1990
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4 Lend Me a Tenor, 1990
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4 Les Miserables, 1990
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4 Love Letters, 1989-1990
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4 Peter Pan, 1990
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4 Stardust, 1990
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4 The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 1990
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4 Bye Bye Birdie, 1991
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4 Columbus, 1991
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4 Forbidden Broadway, 1991
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4 Grand Hotel, 1991
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4 Les Miserable, 1988-1991
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4 M. Butterfly, 1988-1991
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4 Meet Me in St. Louis, 1991
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4 Tru, 1991
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4 Ziegfeld: A Night at the Follies, 1991
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4 A Wrinkle in Time, 1992
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4 Breaking Legs, 1992
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4 Cats, 1991-1992
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4 Champions on Ice, 1992
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4 Child's Play, 1991-1992
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5 Gypsy, 1991-1992
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5 Lettice & Lovage, 1992
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5 Lost in Yonkers, 1992
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5 Olympic Spirit, 1991-1992
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5 Once on this Island, 1992
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5 The Piano Lesson, 1990-1992
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5 The Secret Garden, 1991-1992
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5 Story Salad V, 1992
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5 The World Goes 'Round, 1992
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5 Camelot, 1993
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5 The Secret Garden, 1993
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5 The World Goes 'Round, 1992-1993
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5 Just for Laughs, A Day with Gates and Mills, 1994
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5 First Night Wilmington, 1995 1994
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5 Five Guys named Moe, 1994
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5 The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular, 1994
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5 Guys and Dolls, 1992-1994
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5 The Sisters Rosenweig, 1994
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5 An Inspector Calls, 1995
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5 George Carlin, 1995
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5 Crazy for You, 1995
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5 Dial "M," 1995
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5 Grease, 1995
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6 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1995
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6 State Fair, 1995
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6 Jekyll & Hyde, 1996
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6 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1996
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6 Bully, An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt, 1997
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6 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 1998
IX. Plays, 1981-1999
Scope and Content
Consists of more comprehensive files on various productions, including press kits, advertising, brochures featuring the play's poster art, biographical sheets on the performers and writers, photos, including standard head shots and stage scenes, and copies of newspaper advertisements and reviews.
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6 A View from the Bridge -- Publicity
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6 Carousel -- Photography
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6 Cashore Marionettes -- Promotional Events/Ideas
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6 The Gin Game -- Photography
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6 Morning's at Seven -- Photos
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6 Ziegfeld Follies -- Photos
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6 Lana Turner -- Articles, 1982
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6 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor - Articles/Ads, 1981-1983
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6 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor - Subscriptions, 1983
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6 Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music - Articles, 1984
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6 Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music - Subscriptions, 1984
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6 Jerry's Girls - Articles/Ads, 1984
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6 Jerry's Girls - Business, 1984
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6 Jerry's Girls - Flyers, 1984
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6 Jerry's Girls - Photos
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6 Lyndon - Articles/Ads, 1983-1984
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6 Lyndon - Business, 1983-1984
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6 'Night, Mother - Articles/Ads, 1984
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6 'Night, Mother - Business, 1984
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6 Noises Off - Articles/Ads, 1983-1985
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6 Noises Off - Business, 1985
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6 Noises Off - Photographs, 1985
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6 Sugar Babies - Articles/Ads, 1985
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6 Sugar Babies - Business, 1984-1985
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6 The Tap Dance Kid - Articles/Ads, 1985-1986
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6 The Tap Dance Kid - Business, 1986
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6 The Tap Dance Kid - Flyers
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6 The Tap Dance Kid - Photos
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6 La Cage Aux Follies - Articles/Ads, 1987
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6 La Cage Aux Follies - Nightly receipts, 1987
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6 La Cage Aux Follies - Photos
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6 La Cage Aux Follies - Price scale, 1986
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6 La Cage Aux Follies - Subscriptions, 1987
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6 Me and My Girl - Articles/Ads, 1988
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6 Me and My Girl - Business, 1988
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6 Nutcracker - Business, 1986
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6 Nutcracker - Financial, 1987-1988
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7 The Miracle Worker -- Correspondence, 1987-1988
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7 Drood: The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Articles/Ads, 1988
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7 Drood: The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Biographies, September 1988
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7 Drood: The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Business, 1988
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7 Drood: The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Financial, 1988
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7 American Sampler, 1989
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7 Anything Goes -- Misc., 1989
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7 Babes in Toyland -- American Theatre Art for Youth, Inc. -- Rental, 1989
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7 Gifts of the Magi, 1989
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7 Into the Woods - Articles/Ads, 1988-1989
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7 Into the Woods - Business, 1988-1989
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7 Into the Woods - Photos
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7 The King and I - Advertising and articles, 1989
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7 The King and I - Photos
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7 Nunsense -- Business, 1988-1989
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7 South Pacific - Articles/Ads, 1989
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7 South Pacific - Business, 1988-1989
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7 The Wizard of Oz -- DTC, 1989
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7 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1989-1990
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7 Chess -- Publicity, 1990
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7 Nunsense, 1990
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7 Stardust -- Business, 1990
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7 Mainstage Management International Inc., 1985-1990
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7 The Unsinkable Molly Brown -- Advertising and articles, 1990
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7 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Advertising and articles, 1990
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7 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Press, 1990
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7 A Wrinkle in Time -- Publicity, 1991-1992
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7 Playhouse costume exhibit -- mailgram/postcards, 1992
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7 The Secret Garden -- Flyer, 1993
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7 The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular - Advertising, 1994
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7 The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular - Flyer
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7 The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular - Interview requests, 1994
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7 The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular - TV commercial, 1994
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7 Just for Laughs, A Day with Gates and Mills - Press releases, 1994
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7 Just for Laughs, A Day with Gates and Mills - Reviews, 1994
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7 Nunsense II -- The Second Coming -- Press releases, 1994
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7 Wambaugh photo exhibit, 1994
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7 Anne of Green Gables, 1995
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7 Crazy for You - Misc., 1994-1995
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7 Crazy for You - Publicity, 1995
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8 Funny You Don't Look Like a Grandmother - Misc., 1995
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8 Funny You Don't Look Like a Grandmother - Publicity, 1995
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8 Dial M for Murder - Background, 1995
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8 Dial M for Murder - Interview requests, November 18-December 10, 1995
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8 Dial M for Murder - Press releases, 1995
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8 Dial M for Murder - Publicity, 1995
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8 Dial M for Murder - TCI commercial, 1995
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8 Dial M for Murder - Tear sheets, 1995
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8 Grease - Background, 1995
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8 Grease - Business, 1993-1994
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8 Grease - Interview requests, 1995
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8 Grease - Press clippings, 1995
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8 Grease - Press releases, 1993 1995
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8 Grease - Press tickets, 1995
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8 Grease - Publicity, 1995
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8 Grease - TCI commercial, November 1995
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8 Jelly's Last Jam - Misc., 1995
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8 Jelly's Last Jam - Publicity, 1993-1994
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8 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber - Advertising, 1995
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8 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber - Photography, 1995
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8 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber - Press kits, 1995
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8 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber - Press releases, 1995
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8 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber - TCI commercial, 1995
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8 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber - Tear sheets, 1995
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8 State Fair - Misc., September 15-24, 1995
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8 State Fair - Press conference, 1995
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8 State Fair - Press releases, 1995
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8 State Fair - Promotional events, 1995
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8 State Fair - Tear sheets, 1995
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8 State Fair - Thank you note, 1995
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8 Stieglitz Loves O'Keeffe, 1995
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8 An Inspector Calls - Press releases, 1996
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8 An Inspector Calls - Tear sheets, 1995-1996
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8 Broadway on Broadway -- Publicity, 1995-1996
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8 Jeff Gordon -- Publicity, 1996
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8 Jekyll & Hyde - Advertising, 1995
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8 Jekyll & Hyde - Photography
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8 Jekyll & Hyde - Press conference, 1996
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8 Jekyll & Hyde - Press releases, 1995
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8 Jekyll & Hyde - Press tickets, 1995
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8 Jekyll & Hyde - Publicity, 1996
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8 Jekyll & Hyde - Tear sheets, 1995-1996
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9 Jesus Christ Superstar -- Publicity, 1996
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9 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Advertising, 1996
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9 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - The Dreamcoat Choir Challenge, 1996
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9 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Interview requests, 1996
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9 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Reviews, 1996
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9 Song of Singapore - Advertising, 1996
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9 Song of Singapore - Photography, 1996
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9 Song of Singapore - Press releases, 1996
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9 Song of Singapore - Publicity, 1996
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9 Song of Singapore - Tear sheets, 1996
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9 Stomp - Advertising, 1996
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9 Stomp - Photography
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9 Stomp - Photos
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9 Stomp - Press releases, 1996
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9 Stomp - Promotional events/ideas, 1996
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9 Stomp - Publicity, 1996
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9 Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing Up on the Prairie -- Photography, 1996
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9 Annie -- Background materials, 1997
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9 Barrymore - Advertising, 1996
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9 Barrymore - Press clippings, 1996-1997
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9 Barrymore - Press releases, 1997
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9 Bernadette Peters concert, 1997
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9 Big - Advertising, 1997
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9 Big - Business, 1997
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9 Big - Photography, 1997
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9 Big - Publicity, 1997
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9 Carousel - Advertising, 1997
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9 Carousel - Photography
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9 Carousel - Press releases, 1997
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9 Carousel - Promotional events/ideas, 1997
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9 Cats -- review, 1997
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9 The "Amazing," 1997
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9 Deathtrap - Advertising, 1997
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9 Deathtrap - Background materials, 1997
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9 Deathtrap - Interview requests, 1997
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9 Deathtrap - Photography, 1997
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9 Deathtrap - Reviews, 1997
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9 The Dutton Family -- Press releases, 1997
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9 Entirely Sophie - Photography, 1997
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9 Entirely Sophie - Press releases, 1997
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9 Having Our Say - Photography
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9 Having Our Say - Reviews and press tickets, 1997
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9 Smokey Joe's Café - Advertising, 1997
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9 Smokey Joe's Café - Photography
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9 Smokey Joe's Café - Press release, 1997
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9 Smokey Joe's Café - Promotional events/ideas, 1997
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9 Smokey Joe's Café - Publicity, 1997
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10 Tap Dogs, 1997
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10 West Side Story - Advertising, 1997
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10 West Side Story - Photography
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10 West Side Story - Press releases, 1997
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10 West Side Story - Promotional events/ideas, 1997
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10 West Side Story - Reviews, 1997
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10 Bully, An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt - Advertising, 1998
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10 Bully, An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt - Background, 1998
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10 Bully, An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt - Photos
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10 Bully, An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt - Press materials, 1998
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10 Bully, An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt - Publicity, 1998
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10 Chita and All That Jazz - Background materials, 1997
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10 Chita and All That Jazz - Interview requests, 1997-1998
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10 Chita and All That Jazz - Photography
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10 Chita and All That Jazz - Tear sheets, 1997-1998
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10 Cirque Ingenieux - Background materials, 1998
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10 Cirque Ingenieux - Tear sheets, 1998
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10 Forever Tango, 1998
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10 Master Class - Advertising, 1998
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10 Master Class - Articles, 1998
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10 Master Class - Press release, 1998
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10 Picasso at the Lapin Agile - Advertising, 1998
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10 Picasso at the Lapin Agile - Photographs
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10 Picasso at the Lapin Agile - Publicity, 1998
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10 Tommy - Advertising, 1999
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10 Tommy - Logo, 1998
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10 Tommy - Misc., 1999
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10 Tommy - Photo/video opportunity, 1999
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10 Tommy - Publicity, 1999
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10 You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - Background, 1998
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10 You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - OOP expenses, 1998
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10 You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - Photos
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10 You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - Publicity, 1998
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10 You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - Reviews, 1998
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10 Chicago -- Articles, 1998-1999
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10 Children's Series
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10 Teacher reception invitation, May 31, 1991
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10 Amelia -- study guide, 1991
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10 Story Salad IV, 1991
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10 Ugly Duckling, 1990
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10 Dickens Christmas, 1990
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10 Fourscore and Seven Years Ago, 1991
X. Playbills, 1919-1999
Scope and Content
Playbills were published by the touring companies as variations on those issued in connection with the original Broadway productions. They contain the outline of acts, scenes and musical numbers, the cast of players, and background information on the show and members of the company. In addition to this material supplied by the company, about half the booklet was given over to local advertising and news items to cover printing costs, in this case specific to the Wilmington area. These include ads for new suburban subdivisions in the 1950s and 1960s. There are some Playbills for performances in other venues.
A. DuPont Theatre Performances
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10 Neil O'Brien Minstrels, December 18-20, 1919
10 Lassie, January 26, 1920
10 The Sweetheart Shop, February 9-11, 1920
10 Tillie's Nightmare, March 4-6, 1920
10 Somebody's Sweetheart, March 15-17, 1920
10 3 Showers, March 18-20, 1920
10 Frivolities of 1920, April 5-11, 1920
10 Lombardi, Ltd., April 19-21, 1920
10 Three Live Ghosts, April 22-24, 1920
10 Jack O'Lantern, April 26-May 1, 1920
10 I'll Say She Does, May 3-4, 1920
10 Monte Cristo, Jr., May 17-19, 1920
10 Buddies, September 16-18, 1920
10 The Half Moon, September 27-October 2, 1920
10 Jimmie, October 7-9, 1920
10 Neil O'Brien Minstrels, November 25-27, 1920
10 Shavings, November 29-December 1, 1920
10 The Girl in the Spotlight, January 6-8, 1921
10 Love Birds, January 11-12, 1921
10 Peggy, January 17-19, 1921
10 Kismet (movie), week beginning January 24, 1921
10 Mary, January 31-February 5, 1921
10 Al. G. Field's Minstrels, February 7, 1921
10 Take It From Me, April 7-9, 1921
10 The Dream Maker, November 14-16, 1921
10 Neil O'Brien Super Minstrels, December 1-3, 1921
10 Al. G. Field Minstrels -- Mardi Gras, February 16-18, 1922
10 The O'Brien Girl, April 24-25, 1922
10 Persecution, May 1-3, 1922
10 The Cat and the Canary, September 18-20, 1922
10 Tip-Top, September 22-23, 1922
10 The Passing Show, November 14-15, 1922
10 Rose Briar, November 16-18, 1922
10 Mischa Elman (violin recital), February 26, 1923
10 To The Ladies, March 1-3, 1923
10 Molly Darling, March 5-7, 1923
10 Good Morning Dearie, September 14-15, 1923
10 Forbidden, September 20-22, 1923
10 Sunbonnet Sue, September 24-26, 1923
10 Eva Tanguay, October 8, 1923
10 So This is London, October 9-10, 1923
10 Little Nellie Kelly, October 12-13, 1923
10 A Mother's Sacrifice, October 22, 1923
10 Sally, Irene and Mary, October 23-24, 1923
10 Up She Goes, December 3-5, 1923
10 Hurricane, December 7-8, 1923
10 The Clinging Vine, December 25-26, 1923
10 Neil O'Brien Minstrels with Bert Swor, December 31, 1923-January 2, 1924
10 Madame Charles Cahier, January 3, 1924
10 Helen of Troy, N. Y., January 4-5, 1924
10 Al. G. Field Minstrels, February 11-16, 1924
10 I'll Say She Is, March 13-15, 1924
10 His Holiness Pope Pius XI, May 5-7, 1924
10 Blossom Time, May 12-14, 1924
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11 Greenwich Village Follies, June 7, 1924
11 The Thief of Bagdad, October 6-11, 1924
11 The Fool, October 14-15, 1924
11 Just Married, October 17-18, 1924
11 Rain, October 27-29, 1924
11 Lollipop, October 31-November 1924
11 God Bless Our Home, November 26-27, 1924
11 Milgrim's Progress, November 28-29, 1924
11 Mr. Battling Butler, December 22-24, 1924
11 Why Men Leave Home, December 25-27, 1924
11 White Cargo, December 29-31, 1924
11 Discarded Wives, January 1-3, 1925
11 The Imported Wife, January 13, 1925
11 The Land of Joy, January, 1925
11 She Wanted to Know, January 17, 1925
11 Ruth St. Denis with Ted Shawn and the Denishawn Dancers, February 26, 1925
11 Saint Joan, March 16-17, 1925
11 No, No, Nanette, September 7-9, 1925
11 The Gorilla, September 11-12, 1925
11 Edgar Allen Poe, September 14-16, 1925
11 Program by Daisy Jean, October 12, 1925
11 First Riddle, October 16-17, 1925
11 Some Girl, October 23-24, 1925
11 The Naked Man, October 26-28, 1925
11 Open House, October 29-31, 1925
11 The Half Caste, November 9-11, 1925
11 The Master of the Inn, November 16-17, 1925
11 Paul Whiteman and His Greater Concert Orchestra, December 31, 1925-January 2, 1926
11 The Big Parade, December 31, 1925-January 2, 1926
11 Aloma of the South Seas, February 22-27, 1926
11 Cradle Snatchers, September 20-22, 1926
11 Greenwich Village Follies, October 4-6, 1926
11 Gentle Grafter, October 7, 1926
11 Seed of the Brute, October 11-13, 1926
11 Lady Fair, October 21-23, 1926
11 Century Midnight Whirl, December 27-29, 1926
11 Ned Wayburn Revue, November 9-13, 1926
11 Macbeth, As You Like It, Merchant of Venice, & Richelieu, November 15-17, 1926
11 Miss Happiness, November 22-27, 1926
11 Castles in the Air, December 25, 1926
11 The Blonde Sinner, January 3-5, 1927
11 Lady Alone, January 17-19, 1927
11 The Strawberry Blonde, January 20-22, 1927
11 Katja, January 27-29, 1927
11 Al. G. Fields Minstrels, February 17-19, 1927
11 Beau Geste, week beginning February 28, 1927
11 What Price Glory (movie), March 7-12, 1927
11 George White's Scandals, March 17-19, 1927
11 The Golden Dawn, September 22-24, 1927
11 Just Fancy, September 28-October 1, 1927
11 Funny Face, November 14-19, 1927
11 Her Cardboard Lover, December 26-28, 1927
11 King of Kings, week of March 19, 1928
11 Rachmaninoff, February 2, 1932
11 The Beggar's Opera, March 5, 1932
11 Olivia bows to Mrs. Grundy, April 4-6, 1932
11 Trial by Jury, May 9, 1932
11 H. M. S. Pinafore, May 9, 1932
11 Take a Chance, November 5, 1932
11 Cornelia Otis Skinner, November 12, 1932
11 Encore, November 18-19, 1932
11 Saint Wench, December 16-17, 1932
11 The Green Pastures, February 27-March 1, 1933
11 Cavalleria Rusticana; Pagliacci; Rigoletto, April 15, 1933
11 Of Thee I Sing, April 26, 1933
11 Undesirable Lady, September 22-23, 1933
11 Her Master's Voice, September 30, 1933
11 Doctor Monica, October 20-21, 1933
11 Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, February 4, 1934
11 Private Lives, February 12, 1934
11 Sweet Bells Jangled, March 17, 1934
11 The Barretts of Wimpole Street, May 7, 1934
11 Elephant on His Hands, September 14-15, 1934
11 Dawn Glory, October 20, 1934
11 Portrait of Gilbert, December 25-26, 1934
11 Mansion on the Hudson, April 1, 1935
11 Ruth Draper, in her Character Sketches, April 29, 1935
11 Camille, November 11, 1935
11 May Wine, November 22-23, 1935
11 Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, December 29, 1935
11 3 Men on a Horse, February 6-8, 1936
11 Ballet Russe, March 19, 1936
11 Her Week End, March 20-21, 1936
11 Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, March 22, 1936
11 Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, May 24, 1936
11 Lady Precious Stream, November 23, 1936
11 Boy meets Girl, December 11-12, 1936
11 Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, February 14, 1937
11 His Excellency, March 11-13, 1937
11 Honor Bright, September 16-17, 1937
11 Private Enterprise, April 16, 1938
11 Ballet Russe, March 10, 1938
11 Once Upon a Night, September 12-13, 1938
11 Lightnin', November 29, 1938
11 Sergei Rachmaninoff, December 21, 1938
11 My Dear Children, March 25, 1939
11 Herself Mrs. Patrick Crowley, November 25, 1939
11 No Time for Comedy, March 26, 1940
11 New Pins and Needles, October 7, 1940
11 Conquest in April, November 8-9, 1940
11 Skylark, November 16, 1940
11 Mr. and Mrs. North, January 3-4, 1941
11 Claudia, January 25, 1941
11 Popsy, February 6-7, 1941
11 Theatre, April 12, 1941
11 Golden Wings, November 22, 1941
11 Junior Miss, October 31-November 1, 1941
11 Little Dark Horse, November 7-8, 1941
11 The Admiral had a Wife, November 27-29, 1941
11 All in Favor, January 9-10, 1942
11 Blithe Spirit, January 16-17, 1942
11 Without Love, March 6-7, 1942
11 The Walking Gentleman, April 24-25, 1942
11 My Sister Eileen, May 27, 1942
11 Vickie, September 5, 1942
11 Hello Out There; Magic, September 11-12, 1942
11 Franklin Street, September 18-19, 1942
11 Papa is All, October 3, 1942
11 Little Darling, October 16-17, 1942
11 Her First Murder, October 30-31, 1942
11 Yankee Point, November 13-14, 1942
11 The Willow and I, November 20-21, 1942
11 Another Love Story, September 24-25, 1943
11 The Army Play by Play, October 14-16, 1943
11 What's Up, October 22-23, 1943
11 Lady Behave, November 4-6, 1943
11 Wallflower, January 6-8, 1944
11 Decision, January 21-22, 1944
11 Calico Wedding, February 16-17, 1944
11 The Doughgirls, February 18-19, 1944
11 Mrs. January & Mr. Ex, February 25-26, 1944
11 The Student Prince, February 28, 1944
11 Chicken Every Sunday, March 17-18, 1944
11 The Searching Wind, March 30-April 1, 1944
11 Soldier's Wife, September 1-2, 1944
11 The Cherry Orchard, September 8-9, 1944
11 Tomorrow the World, September 22-23, 1944
11 Embezzled Heaven, September 29-30, 1944
11 The Perfect Marriage, October 6-7, 1944
11 Tangled Web, October 13-14, 1944
11 The Late George Apley, October 19-21, 1944
11 The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co., October 27-28, 1944
11 The Streets are Guarded, November 3-4, 1944
11 The Man Who had All the Luck, November 9-11, 1944
11 Sophie Halenczik, American, November 24-25, 1944
11 Star in the Window, December 29-30, 1944
11 Ballet Russe of Monte Carlo, February 12, 1945
11 Happily Ever After, February 22-24, 1945
11 The Student Prince, March 9-10, 1945
11 Dinner for 3, March 19-21, 1945
11 I'll be Waiting, March 29-31, 1945
11 Kiss and Tell, April 5-7, 1945
11 Forever is Now, September 7-8, 1945
11 Foolish Nation, September 14-15, 1945
11 The Winters Tale, September 21-22, 1945
11 School for Brides, September 28-29, 1945
11 Carmen, October 8, 1945
11 Caviar to the General, October 18-20, 1945
11 Marriage is for Single People, November 9-10, 1945
11 The French Touch, November 15-17, 1945
11 Magnificent Yankee, December 28-29, 1945
11 Windy Hill, January 11-12, 1946
11 Ten Little Indians, January 25-26, 1946
11 Flamingo Road, February 15-16, 1946
11 Miss Jones, March 1-2, 1946
11 The Merry Wives of Windsor, March 15-16, 1946
11 Laura, April 19-20, 1946
11 Barnaby and Mr. O'Malley, September 5-6, 1946
11 The Temporary Mrs. Smith, September 13-14, 1946
11 Mr. Peebles and Mr. Hooker, September 20-21, 1946
11 Present Laughter, September 26-28, 1946
11 Loco, October 4-5, 1946
11 Pygmalion, October 17-19, 1946
11 Come On Up, October 21, 1946
11 The Maven, October 25-26, 1946
11 Another Part of the Forest, November 1-2, 1946
11 Blackstone, November 7-10, 1946
11 Eagle Rampart, November 28-30, 1946
11 The Voice of the Turtle, December 2-4, 1946
11 The Glass Menagerie, December 29-31, 1946
11 A Young Man's Fancy, January 3-4, 1947
11 Craig's Wife, January 31-February 1, 1947
11 Parlor Story, February 14-15, 1947
11 Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, March 9, 1947
11 The Whole World Over, March 14-15, 1947
11 Hamlet, April 14-15, 1947
11 Dear Ruth, April 29-30, 1947
11 Maurice Chevalier, April 25-26, 1947
11 Portrait in Black, May 9-10, 1947
11 I Gotta Get Out, September 4-6, 1947
11 Lady Windemere's Fan, September 11-13, 1947
11 Romeo and Juliet, September 29-30, 1947
11 Blackstone, October 23-25, 1947
11 Angel in the Wings, November 21-22, 1947
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12 Joan of Lorraine, January 2-3, 1948
12 Blossom Time, February 6-7, 1948
12 You Never Can Tell, February 12-14, 1948
12 The Hasty Heart, February 26-28, 1948
12 There goes the Bride, March 5-6, 1948
12 The Cup of Trembling, April 2-3, 1948
12 Hollywood on Ice, April 15-24, 1948
12 Man and Superman, October 1-2, 1948
12 Make Way for Lucia, November 18-20, 1948
12 They Knew What They Wanted, January 14-15, 1949
12 Show Boat, March 10-12, 1949
12 The Heiress, March 14-17, 1949
12 Medea, March 31-April 2, 1949
12 Life with Mother, September 15-17, 1949
12 Love Me Long, October 20-22, 1949
12 Metropole, November 10-12, 1949
12 Come Back Little Sheba, January 26-28, 1950
12 Dangerous Corner, February 18, 1950
12 The Silver Whistle, February 23-25, 1950
12 That Lady, April 14-15, 1950
12 The Curious Savage, September 21-23, 1950
12 Carmen, September 29, 1950
12 The Relapse or, Virtue in Danger, October 5-7, 1950
12 A Streetcar named Desire, October 26-28, 1950
12 A Story for a Sunday Evening, November 9-11, 1950
12 Four Twelves are 48, December 29-30, 1950
12 The Moon is Blue, February 16-17, 1951
12 Death of a Salesman, February 19-21, 1951
12 Let Me hear the Melody, March 9-10, 1951
12 Gramercy Ghost, March 16-17, 1951
12 The Guardsman, April 4-7, 1951
12 Spike Jones and His Musical Depreciation Revue featuring the City Slickers, October 8, 1951
12 The Fourposter, October 11-13, 1951
12 Detective Story, November 20-24, 1951
12 Jane, January 10-12, 1952
12 Dear Barbarians, January 31-February 2, 1952
12 A Little Evil, February 8-9, 1952
12 One Bright Day, February 28-March 1, 1952
12 The Brass Ring, March 27-29, 1952
12 The Time of the Cuckoo, September 25-27, 1952
12 The Climate of Eden, October 9-11, 1952
12 Time Out for Ginger, November 6-8, 1952
12 The Shrike, November 12-15, 1952
12 Private Music Hall, November 26-27, 1952
12 John Brown's Body, January 2-3, 1953
12 Josephine, January 8-10, 1953
12 The Crucible, January 15-17, 1953
12 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, January 30-31, 1953
12 A Certain Joy, February 12-14, 1953
12 Gigi, February 19-21, 1953
12 I Found April, February 25-28, 1953
12 The King of Hearts, March 11-13, 1953
12 I am a Camera, March 16-18, 1953
12 Stalag 17, April 6-11, 1953
12 José Greco and his Spanish Dancers, April 16-18, 1953
12 An Evening with Will Shakespeare, April 20-21, 1953
12 The Children's Hour, October 1-3, 1953
12 The Trip to Bountiful, October 15-17, 1953
12 Words and Music, November 21, 1953
12 Guys and Dolls, December 7-12, 1953
12 The Caine Mutiny Courtmartial, December 28-30, 1953
12 My 3 Angels, February 4-6, 1954
12 Wedding Breakfast, October 28-30, 1954
12 The Flowering Peach, November 11-13, 1954
12 Hello, Paree, November 24-27, 1954
12 Champagne Complex, March 16-19, 1955
12 The Desk Set, September 8-10, 1955
12 The Heavenly Twins, September 15-17, 1955
12 Janus, October 19-22, 1955
12 The Great Sebastians, November 3-5, 1955
12 Bad Seed, December 1-3, 1955
12 Middle of the Night, January 19-21, 1956
12 Damn Yankees, January 30-February 4, 1956
12 Bus Stop, April 4-7, 1956
12 Tea and Sympathy, April 23-28, 1956
12 The Loud Red Patrick, September 13-15, 1956
12 Auntie Mame, September 22-29, 1956
12 Child of Fortune, October 25-27, 1956
12 The Pajama Game, November 12-17, 1956
12 The Best of Steinbeck, December 7, 1956
12 Holiday for Lovers, January 10-12, 1957
12 Hole in the Head, February 6-9, 1957
12 Hide and Seek, March 13-16, 1957
12 Nature's Way, September 11-14, 1957
12 The Happiest Millionaire, October 2-5, 1957
12 Monique, October 10-12, 1957
12 Nude with Violin, October 22-26, 1957
12 The Country Wife, November 6-9, 1957
12 The Rivalry, November 28-30, 1957
12 Interlock, January 16-18, 1958
12 The Day the Money Stopped, January 22-25, 1958
12 Back to Methuselah, March 13-15, 1958
12 The Girls in 509, September 10-13, 1958
12 The Man in the Dog Suit, September 24-27, 1958
12 Comes a Day, October 1-4, 1958
12 Sunrise at Campobello, October 13-18, 1958
12 The Warm Peninsula, October 29-November 1, 1958
12 The Gazebo, November 12-15, 1958
12 L'il Abner, December 3-6, 1958
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13 God and Kate Murphy, January 29-31, 1959
13 The Gay Felons, February 12-14, 1959
13 The Visit, September 23-26, 1959
13 Odd Man In, October 1-3, 1959
13 Hilary, October 15-17, 1959
13 Look Homeward, Angel, October 21-24, 1959
13 The World of Carl Sandburg, October 30-31, 1959
13 Five Finger Exercise, November 11-14, 1959
13 Gay '90s Night, November 27-28, 1959
13 Two for the Seesaw, December 30, 1959-January 2, 1960
13 Roman Candle, January 7-9, 1960
13 Mary Stuart, February 3-6, 1960
13 Semi-Detached, February 10-13, 1960
13 The Best Man, March 9-12, 1960
13 A View from the Bridge, March 24-26, 1960
13 The 49th Cousin, October 5-8, 1960
13 Period of Adjustment, October 12-15, 1960
13 JB, October 19-22, 1960
13 At the Drop of a Hat, October 26-29, 1960
13 Critic's Choice, November 9-12, 1960
13 Ballets Africains, November 17-19, 1960
13 Rigoletto (matinee) and Madama Butterfly (evening), December 10, 1960
13 Julia, Jake, and Uncle Joe, December 28-31, 1960
13 Once there was a Russian, January 26-28, 1961
13 A Midsummer Night's Dream, February 6-11, 1961
13 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, April 3, 1961
13 Once Upon a Mattress, April 17-22, 1961
13 The Music Man, May 22-27, 1961
13 Everybody loves Opal, September 20-23, 1961
13 Toys in the Attic, September 27-30, 1961
13 Sunday in New York, November 1-4, 1961
13 Something about a Soldier, November 29-December 2, 1961
13 A Thurber Carnival, December 8-9, 1961
13 Advise & Consent, December 25-27, 1961
13 Fiorello!, January 8-13, 1962
13 My Fair Lady, February 26-March 3, 1962
13 La Plume de ma Tante, April 9-14, 1962
13 Banderol, September 13-15, 1962
13 The Playboy of the Western World, October 5, 1962
13 Take Her, She's Mine, January 7-12, 1963
13 A Program for Two Players, March 8-9, 1963
13 Rattle of a Simple Man, March 20-23, 1963
13 The Sound of Music, April 15-20, 1963
13 Mary, Mary, April 29-May 4, 1963
13 A Thousand Clowns, September 11-14, 1963
13 Stop the World -- I Want to Get Off, September 30-October 5, 1963
13 How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, October 21-26, 1963
13 The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, December 18-21, 1963
13 A Man for All Seasons, December 25-28, 1963
13 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, March 2-7, 1964
13 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, April 20-25, 1964
13 Camelot, May 11-16, 1964
13 Barefoot in the Park, August 31-September 5, 1964
13 Never Too Late, October 5-10, 1964
13 After the Fall, October 20-24, 1964
13 110 in the Shade, January 4-9, 1965
13 The Roar of the Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd, February 4-6, 1965
13 Dear Me, the Sky is Falling, March 15-20, 1965
13 Oliver!, May 31-June 5, 1965
13 Luv, September 6-11, 1965
13 The Owl and the Pussycat, September 20-25, 1965
13 The Porcelain Year, November 1-6, 1965
13 Me and Thee, November 11-13, 1965
13 Hostile Witness, December 20-25, 1965
13 The Absence of a Cello, March 11-12, 14-17, 1966
13 Pictures in the Hallway, April 1-2, 1966
13 Barefoot in the Park, October 13-15, 1966
13 The Royal Hunt of the Sun, October 17-22, 1966
13 Wait Until Dark, January 16-21, 1967
13 The Fantasticks, January 26-28, 1967
13 Generation, January 30-February 4, 1967
13 Hello, Dolly, February 6-11, 1967
13 Half a Sixpence, February 20-25, 1967
13 Minsky's Burlesque Follies, February 27-March 4, 1967
13 The Owl and the Pussycat, March 13-18, 1967
13 The Odd Couple, March 20-24, 1967
13 La Bohème (presented by the Wilmington Opera Society), April 28-30, 1967
13 Song of the Grasshopper, September 6-9, 1967
13 The Impossible Years, October 23-28, 1967
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14 The Killing of Sister George, January 1968
14 You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running, January 22, 1968
14 The Odd Couple, February 5-10, 1968
14 Weekend, March 4-9, 1968
14 The Homecoming, March 25-30, 1968
14 Wait a Minim, April 1-6, 1968
14 White Lies; Black Comedy, May 20-26, 1968
14 The Star-Spangled Girl, June 17-22, 1968
14 Barefoot in the Park, July 29-August 3, 1968
14 There's a Girl in My Soup, September 2-7, 1968
14 Rigoletto (presented by the Wilmington Opera Society), November 22-23, 1968
14 Man of La Mancha, December 9-14, 1968
14 Cactus Flower, January 13-19, 1969
14 Come Blow Your Horn, March 3-8, 1969
14 Don't Drink the Water, March 24-29, 1969
14 Your Own Thing, April 21-26, 1969
14 Cabaret, May 6-11, 1969
14 Under the Yum-Yum Tree, May 26-31, 1969
14 I Do! I Do!, September 11-17, 1969
14 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, September 29-October 4, 1969
14 Fiddler on the Roof, October 20-25, 1969
14 Marriage of Figaro (presented by the Wilmington Opera Society), November 21-22, 1969
14 Plaza Suite, November 24-29, 1969
14 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, January 20-25, 1970
14 Hadrian VII, February 9-14, 1970
14 Man of La Mancha, March 2-7, 1970
14 Aida (presented by the Wilmington Opera Society), April 17-18, 24-25, 1970
14 Forty Carats, September 14-19, 1970
14 The Boy Friend, September 28-October 3, 1970
14 Last of the Red Hot Lovers, October 19-24, 1970
14 Madame Butterfly (presented by the Wilmington Opera Society), November 13-14, 20-21, 1970
14 Adaptation -- Next, November 30-December 5, 1970
14 Hair, February 15-20, 1971
14 Carmen (presented by the Wilmington Opera Company), April 16-17, 23-24, 1971
14 This was Burlesque, September 13-18, 1971
14 Will Rogers' U.S.A., October 6, 1971
14 School for Wives, November 1-6, 1971
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15 Elixir of Love (presented by the Wilmington Opera Society), November 12-13, 19-20, 1971
15 Captain Brassbound's Conversion, March 2-11, 1972
15 Promises, Promises, March 27-April 1, 1972
15 A Masked Ball (presented by the Wilmington Opera Society), April 14-15, 21-22, 1972
15 The Gingerbread Lady, May 1-6, 1972
15 Carousel, May 8-12, 1972
15 Two by Two, September 15-21, 1972
15 No Sex Please, We're British, October 2-7, 1972
15 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, October 16-21, 1972
15 The Jockey Club Stakes, November 1-4, 1972
15 Sleuth, November 6-11, 1972
15 Purlie, November 20-25, 1972
15 Don Juan in Hell, December 26-31, 1972
15 No, No, Nanette, January 16-21, 1973
15 Status Quo Vadis, February 5-10, 1973
15 Godspell, February 19-March 3, 1973
15 The Prisoner of Second Avenue, September 24-29, 1973
15 Godspell, October 22-29, 1973
15 Grease, December 4-11, 1973
15 Finishing Touches, April 15-20, 1974
15 In Praise of Love, November 2-9, 1974
15 A Little Night Music, January 7-12, 1975
15 Noël Coward in Two Keys, February 17-22, 1975
15 Irene, March 3-8, 1975
15 Absurd Person Singular, September 29-October 4, 1975
15 Habeas Corpus, October 18-25, 1975
15 Sabrina Fair, November 10-15, 1975
15 Raisin, December 9-14, 1975
15 Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, January 22-24, 1976
15 Rex, February 20-28, 1976
15 Together Tonight!, March 25-27, 1976
15 Weekend with Feathers, April 19-24, 1976
15 Charley's Aunt, May 17-22, 1976
15 A Musical Jubilee, May 24-29, 1976
15 Bubbling Brown Sugar, September 28-October 3, 1976
15 The Bed Before Yesterday, October 22-30, 1976
15 Equus, November 1-6, 1976
15 The Royal Family, November 15-20, 1976
15 Shenandoah, December 6-11, 1976
15 Sherlock Holmes, January 3-8, 1977
15 Bully, An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt, February 10-12, 1977
15 Same Time, Next Year, March 28-April 2, 1977
15 California Suite, October 1-8, 1977
15 Do You Turn Somersaults?, October 18-22, 1977
15 Bubbling Brown Sugar, March 20, 1978
15 The Last Minstrel Show, April 3-8, 1978
15 The Wiz, June 23-July 1, 1978
15 Dracula, July 17-22, 1978
15 The Music Man, September 25-30, 1978
15 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, October 2-7, 1978
15 Blackstone Magic Show, December 26-30, 1978
15 On Golden Pond, January 13-19, 1979
15 Whoopee, January 30-February 4, 1979
15 Carmelina, February 26-March 3, 1979
15 Eubie!, March 13-25, 1979
15 Timbuktu!, October 9-14, 1979
15 "Da," November 19-24, 1979
15 A Chorus Line, January 3-19, 1980
15 Swing, February 23-29, 1980
15 Annie, March 11-22, 1980
15 After the Season, April 25-May 3, 1980
15 Pinocchio; Mary 6-11, 1980
15 Lunch Hour, September 22-27, 1980
15 The Elephant Man, October 20-25, 1980
15 Dancin', November 3-8, 1980
15 They're Playing Our Song, January 19-24, 1981
15 I Ought to Be in Pictures, January 27-February 1, 1981
15 The Gin Game, April 21-26, 1981
15 Sugar Babies, October 5-10, 1981
15 Kingdoms, October 19-24, 1981
15 A Christmas Carol, November 6-14, 1981
15 A Day in Hollywood, November 20-28, 1981
15 Sweeney Todd, February 22-27, 1982
15 Morning's at Seven, March 8-13, 1982
15 Annie, March 16-27, 1982
15 Murder among Friends, May 31-June 5, 1982
15 A Chorus Line, September 21-26, 1982
15 Twice Around the Park, October 4-9, 1982
15 Amadeus, November 9-14, 1982
15 Barnum, November 29-December 4, 1982
15 The Pirates of Penzance, February 21-26, 1983
15 Make and Break, March 28-April 2, 1983
15 Evita, June 7-18, 1983
15 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, October 24-29, 1983
15 Agnes of God, November 7-12, 1983
15 Beethoven's Tenth, January 17-22, 1984
15 Lyndon, January 27-28, 1984
15 Crimes of the Heart, March 20-25, 1984
15 Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, April 3, 1984
15 Jerry's Girls, May 29-June 2, 1984
15 Gigi, September 10-15, 1984
15 Sophisticated Ladies, October 1-6, 1984
15 'Night, Mother, November 5-10, 1984
15 Brighton Beach Memoirs, January 21-26, 1985
15 Sugar Babies, February 19-24, 1985
15 The Mitzi Gaynor Show, March 18-23, 1985
15 Noises Off, October 7-12, 1985
15 On Your Toes, November 4-8, 1985
15 42nd Street, November 29-December 7, 1985
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16 Run for Your Wife, February 17-22, 1986
16 The Tap Dance Kid, March 17-22, 1986
16 Biloxi Blues, June 3-8, 1986
16 Doubles, October 6-11, 1986
16 Pippin, October 27-November 1, 1986
16 Anything Goes, November 14-26, 1986
16 I'm not Rappaport, December 16-21, 1986
16 On the 20th Century, February 3-8, 1987
16 Of Mice and Men, March 10-15, 1987
16 Singin' in the Rain, April 7-12, 1987
16 The Odd Couple, September 22-27, 1987
16 La Cage Aux Folles, October 20-25, 1987
16 Big River, November 10-15, 1987
16 Broadway Bound, November 24-29, 1987
16 Beehive, January 22-24, 1988
16 Cats, January 26-February 7, 1988
16 The Miracle Worker, March 1-6, 1988
16 Can-Can, May 31-June 5, 1988
16 Drood: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, September 20-25, 1988
16 Me and My Girl, November 1-6, 1988
16 Driving Miss Daisy, December 6-11, 1988
16 South Pacific, January 24-29, 1989
16 Cats, March 20-25, 1989
16 Evening Celebrity Series -- Mark Russell (presented by the Junior League of Wilmington), April 14, 1989
16 Into the Woods, June 13-18, 1989
16 The King and I, October 17-29, 1989
16 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, January 9-21, 1990
16 Stardust, February 2-11, 1990
16 Nunsense, February 23-24, 1990
16 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, March 2-11, 1990
16 Chess, March 30-April 8, 1990
16 The Unsinkable Molly Brown, May 1-6, 1990
16 Love Letters, October 19-28, 1990
16 Lend Me a Tenor, December 7-16, 1990
16 Les Miserables, January 2-12, 1991
16 Peter Pan, January 29-February 10, 1991
16 Ziegfeld: A Night at the Follies, March 15-24, 1991
16 M. Butterfly, May 10-19, 1991
16 Bye Bye Birdie, September 10-22, 1991
16 Meet Me in St. Louis, October 18-27, 1991
16 Grand Hotel The Musical, November 12-23, 1991
16 Tru, January 10-19, 1992
16 Gypsy, March 6-15, 1992
16 The Piano Lesson, May 1-10, 1992
16 Once on this Island, September 11-20, 1992
16 Breaking Legs, October 30-November 8, 1992
16 Lettice & Lovage, November 27-December 6, 1992
16 The Secret Garden, February 5-13, 1993
16 The World Goes 'Round, February 26-March 7, 1993
16 Camelot, November 9-21, 1993
16 A Gala Concert (presented by the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, Inc.), 1994
16 The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular, November 11-20, 1994
16 An Evening of Classical Ballet (Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, Inc.), December 2-3, 1994
16 Sleeping Beauty highlights (Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware), February 3-4, 1995
16 Crazy for You, February 7-15, 1995
16 Funny You Don't Look Like a Grandmother, March 10-19, 1995
16 Jelly's Last Jam, March 24-April 2, 1995
16 Pointer Sisters En Pointe (presented by the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, Inc.), May 5-6, 1995
16 State Fair, September 15-24, 1995
16 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, October 24-29, 1995
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17 Jekyll & Hyde, February 17-25, 1996
17 Romeo & Juliet (presented by the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware), March 1-3, 1996
17 An Inspector Calls, March 15-24, 1996
17 Pointer Sisters En Pointe (presented by the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, Inc.), May 3-4, 1996
17 Song of Singapore, May 10-19, 1996
17 Linda Eder in Concert, June 1, 1996
17 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, October 30-November 10, 1996
17 Rhythm's Gonna Getcha (presented by the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, Inc.), October 18-19, 1996
17 Stomp, December 17-22, 1996
17 Barrymore, January 2-12, 1997
17 Having Our Say, January 24-February 2, 1997
17 Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, February 19-23, 1997
17 Annie, December 9-14, 1997
17 Chicago, January 27-February 7, 1999
17 Tommy, March 19-28, 1999
B. Other Performances
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17 Programs and smaller productions (from various locations), 1966-1973
17 The Boy Friend, week beginning November 8, 1954
17 The Cretan Woman, 1954
17 Witness for the Prosecution, week beginning March 21, 1955
17 The Honeys, week beginning March 28, 1955
17 The Master Builder, week beginning March 21, 1955
17 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, week beginning April 4, 1955
17 Bus Stop, week beginning April 4, 1955
17 Julius Caesar; The Tempest, July 12-September 3, 1955
17 Diff'rent, 1955
17 The Teahouse of the August Moon, week beginning May 10, 1954
17 The Trial, March 1955
17 The Immortal Husband, February 1955
17 Othello, week beginning April 9, 1944
17 Rhinoceros, April 3, 1961
17 Comrades, 1956
17 The Gallant Cassian; The Maids, 1956
17 King John; Measure for Measure, 1956
17 The Diary of Anne Frank, week beginning July 23, 1956
17 Uncle Vanya, July 1956
17 Anastasia, week of July 30, 1956
17 Ring 'Round the Moon, July 31-August 4, 1956
17 The Solid Gold Cadillac, week of July 30, 1956
17 Li'l Abner, 1956
17 Saint Joan, 1956
17 Macbeth (Winter Garden), January 8-9, 1957
17 Macbeth (Shubert Theatre), 1957
17 Purple Dust, 1957
17 Orpheus Descending, 1957
17 Major Barbara, week beginning March 25, 1957
17 Visit to a Small Planet, week beginning April 1, 1957
17 The Tinker's Wedding; The Shadow of the Glen; Riders of the Sea, March 31, 1957
17 Long Day's Journey into Night, week beginning April 29, 1957
17 Happy Hunting, October-November 1956
17 The Misanthrope, November 12, 1956
17 Fanny, November 4, 1954-December 16, 1956
17 Oedipus Rex, June 28-August 21, 1954
17 The Emperor-Jones
17 Twelfth Night, 1955
17 Inherit the Wind, week beginning July 25, 1955
17 The King and I, November 9, 1955
17 Finnegans Wake, December 10-11, 1955
17 A View from the Bridge, week beginning January 30, 1956
17 The Chalk Garden, week beginning January 23, 1956
17 My Fair Lady, 1956
17 The Desk Set, week beginning February 27, 1956
17 The Matchmaker, week beginning February 27, 1956
17 No Time for Sergeants, week beginning March 19, 1956
17 The Admirable Bashville and The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, March 25, 1956
17 Cradle Song, December 1, 1955-April 29, 1956
17 The Lark, week beginning March 26, 1956
17 My Fair Lady; spring, 1956
17 The Most Happy Fella, May 25, 1956
17 Plain and Fancy, week beginning May 9, 1955
17 The Strong are Lonely, September 25, 1953
17 Paint Your Wagon
17 Venus Observed
17 Jamaica, week of September 30, 1957
17 The Good King Charles's Golden Days
17 The Beaux' Stratagem
17 A Moon for the Misbegotten, May 2, 1957
17 Clerambard, January 1958
17 West Side Story, January 27, 1958
17 Look Homeward, Angel, January 27, 1958
17 The Brothers Karamazov, March 1958
17 Children of Darkness, March 1958
17 Look Back in Anger, March 1958
17 The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, March 1958
17 Garden District, April 1958
17 Romanoff and Juliet, April 1958
17 The Philanderer, May 31, 1958
17 The Firstborn, May 31, 1958
17 The Pajama Game
17 Enter Laughing, October 1963
17 Die Fledermaus, 1974
17 Legend of the White Snake
17 The Little Foxes, 1974
17 1989 Tony Awards, June 4, 1989
17 I Shall Return, January 31-February 5, 1977
17 Gilgamesh
17 Lena Horne -- The Lady & Her Music, March 20, 1984
17 Hamlet
17 The Mad Show
17 What Makes Sammy Run?, January 1964
17 Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens
17 Biloxi Blues, 1985
17 Vitya Vronsky and Victor Babin
17 General Platoff -- Don Cossack Chorus
17 Paul Draper and Larry Adler
17 Josef Hofmann
17 The Saint Louis Sinfonietta
17 Maryla Jonas
17 Vera Appleton and Michael Field
17 National Symphony Orchestra
17 Anatol Kaminsky
17 Salvatore Baccaloni
17 Patricia Travers
17 Sascha Gorodnitzki
17 Busch Little Symphony
17 Anna Kaskas
17 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, March 10, 1947
17 Jennie Tourel
17 Rudolf Firkusny
17 The Pittsburgh Symphony Society, March 22, 1945
17 Leonard Warren
17 Virginia Morley and Livingston Gearbart
17 Tossy Spivakovsky
17 Helen Olheim
17 Lotte Lehman
17 Dorothy Maynor
17 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, March 14, 1941
17 Robert Casadesus
17 Marcel Hubert
17 The Barrère Little Symphony
17 Jooss European Ballet
17 Mozart Boys' Choir
17 Jose Iturbi
17 Gregor Piatigorsky
17 Richard Crooks
17 The Cleveland Orchestra
17 Igor Gorin
17 Joseph Szigeti
17 Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson, January 7, 1937
17 This is the Army, October 26-November 8, 1942
17 The House of Bernarda Alba, 1953
17 Shakespearean Festival -- Stratford, Canada, June 28-August 21, 1954
17 The Morning Star, week of September 7, 1942
17 The Skin of Our Teeth, October 26-November 8, 1942
17 Ondine, week beginning June 28, 1954
17 The Girl in Pink Tights, February 1954
17 Jerry's Girls, 1984
XI. Flyers and advertisements, 1949-1992
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18 Flyers
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18 Flyers and programs, 1949-1979
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18 Flyers -- Herald samples, 1983-1986
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18 Advertisement -- Tru
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18 Newspaper advertisements, 1959-1986
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18 3-Column ads, 1980-1987
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18 Broadway Theatre and the Performing Arts, March 28, 1992
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18 Promotional materials - The Theatre Guild, 1964
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18 Promotional materials - Fox Theatre
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18 Magazine -- Broadway Presents!, October 1992
XII. Artifacts (Box 19)
Scope and Content
The artifacts were part of lobby displays that highlighted the history of the Theater in the 1980s and 1990s, and include old keys to actors' dressing rooms.
XIII. Signed playbills and photographs, 1953-1997, bulk 1994-1997 (Box 20-21)
Scope and Content
Playbills and photographs in this series have been autographed by actors who were performing in the plays. Some of the actors who signed Playbills or photographs are Stacey Keach, Margot Kidder, Robert Goulet, Tim Conway, Tom Poston, Loretta Swit, and Christopher Plummer.
XIV. Posters (Oversize 1-3)
Scope and Content
Contains some posters for some of the plays that have appeared at the Playhouse.
XV. Drawing of 1998 Playhouse renovation, 1998 (Drawer MD-104)