Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Theater Programs:

An Inventory of the Collection, 1810-2003 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Rare Books, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Title: Theater Programs Collection,
Dates: 1810-2003 and undated
Abstract: Theater programs from 1810-2003 and undated.
Collection # R44.1
Quantity: 2.5 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Donated by Dartmouth College, Baker/Berry Library, 2004. Collection consists of theater programs which were distributed to audience members at individual play performances. The programs contain title of play performed, names of people in the cast including roles played, diagrams of the theater, information on scenes and settings, as well as publicity biographies, short articles, and advertisements. Theaters include: Actor’s Playhouse, Adelphi Theatre, Alvin Theatre, Ambassador Theatre, American Airlines Theatre, Anta Theatre, Anta Washington Square Theatre, Atkinson Theatre, Belasco Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Billy Rose Theatre, Biltmore Theatre, The Booth Theatre, Broadhurst Theatre, Broad St. Theatre, The Broadway Theatre, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, The Centre Theatre, Charles Playhouse, Circle in the Square Joseph E. Levine Theatre, The City Center of Music and Drama, Colonial Theatre, Cort Theatre, Edison Theatre, The Empire Theatre, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre, Festival Theatre and Academy, Fifty-Fourth Street Theatre, Forty-Eighth Street Theatre, Forty-First Street Theatre, Forty-Fourth Street Theatre, Forty-Sixth Street Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Gershwin Theatre, Gramercy Arts Theatre, Guild Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Helen Hayes Theatre, Henry Miller’s Theatre, Hollis St. Theatre, Hudson Theatre, Imperial Theatre, John Golden Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont, The Living Theatre Repertory, Longacre Theatre, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Majestic Theatre, Mansfield Theatre, Mark Hellinger Theatre, Martin Beck Theatre, Martinique Theatre, Morosco Theatre, Music Box, National Theatre, Nederlander Theatre, Neil Simon Theatre, New Apollo Theatre, New Century Theatre, New York City Center, Opera House, Orpheum Theatre, Palace Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, The Playhouse, Plymouth Theatre, Richard Rodgers Theatre, RKO Palace Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Royale Theatre, Sam S. Shubert Theatre (S. Shubert Theatre), Sheridan Square Playhouse, St. James Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Summer at the State Theater, Theatre 80 St. Marks, Theatre De Lys, Theatre on the Green, Town Hall, Tremont Theatre, Uris Theatre, Virginia Theatre, Walter Kerr Theatre, Wilbur Theatre, Windsor Theatre, Winter Garden, Ziegfeld Theatre.

Scope and Contents

The collection is in good condition and is part of the Rare Books Collection.



The collection is organized by title of publication and by theater/festival.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Copy requests in excess of 5 pages must be approved by the donor or his representative.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Theater programs--History
American drama--History

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Theater Programs Collection, 1895-1996 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Theater Programs Collection, 1810-2003 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

Collection accession #(s):

Donation, 2004

Processed by

Dr. Diane Warner, Kristin Pustejovsky, and Kristin Loyd

Additional Sources

None for the record.

Collection Inventory



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1 1 DuBarry was a Lady, New Pins and Needles, Life with Father, Anne of England, In Time to Come, Iolanthe, Arsenic and Old Lace, 1939-1942
2 Rosalinda, Arsenic and Old Lace, Ziegfeld Follies, Show Boat, Three To Make Ready, Call Me Mister, 1942-1946
3 If the Shoe Fits, Joan of Lorraine, Street Scene, Finian’s Rainbow, Brigadoon, Iolanthe, 1946-1948
4 Iolanthe, A Streetcar Named Desire, My Romance, As The Girls Go, Kiss Me, Kate, Anne of the Thousand Days, 1948-1949
5 South Pacific, Love Me Long, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (2 copies), Touch and Go, As You Like It, 1949-1950
6 Where’s Charley?, Peter Pan, Call Me Madam (2 copies), South Pacific, Darkness at Noon, 1950-1951
7 Guys and Dolls, Caesar and Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, Pal Joey, Hazel Flagg, The Seven Year Itch, Wonderful Town, 1951-1953
8 The Love of Four Colonels, Me and Juliet, Porgy and Bess, The Seven Year Itch, Kismet, Kind Sir, 1953-1954
9 Can-Can, Ondine, Oh, Men! Oh, Women!, Fanny, The Flowering Peach, 1954-1955
10 Plain and Fancy, No Time for Sergeants, Pipe Dream, Middle of the Night, Witness for the Prosecution, My Fair Lady (2 copies), 1955-1956
11 A Hatful of Rain, Leonard Sillman’s New Faces of ’56, The Reluctant Debutante, Child of Fortune, The Hidden River, Auntie Mame, 1956-1957
12 The Tunnel of Love, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Separate Tables, Under Milk Wood, West Side Story, Time Remembered, 1957
13 Romanoff and Juliet, The Rope Dancers, Fair Game, Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?, A Touch of the Poet (2 copies), The World of Suzie Wong, 1957-1958
14 The Miracle Worker, Once More with Feeling, Sunrise at Campobello, Bells are Ringing, Redhead, A Majority of One (2 copies), 1959
15 J.B., Sweet Bird of Youth, First Impressions, The Music Man (2 copies), Destry Rides Again, Gypsy, 1959
16 Heartbreak House, J.B., A Loss of Roses, The Sound of Music, Take Me Along, 1959
17 Caligula, Once Upon a Mattress, Toys in the Attic, A Thurber Carnival, There was a Little Girl, The Good Soup, 1960
18 Greenwillow, Five Finger Exercise, Destry Rides Again, West Side Story, Take Me Along, The Best Man, 1960
19 Ballets Africains, Laughs and Other Events, The Inspector General, An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May, The 49th Cousin (2 copies), 1960-1961
20 Rhinoceros Do Re Mi, Becket, Big Fish, Little Fish, Hamlet, Carnival!, 1961
21 The Caretaker, Come Blow Your Horn, The Gay Life, New York City Ballet, La Plume De Ma Tante, Ross, 1961-1962
22 Old Vic (2 copies), New York City Ballet, A Shot in the Dark, The Night of the Iguana, A Thousand Clowns, 1962
23 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2 copies), An Evening with Maurice Chevalier, Photo Finish, Strange Interlude, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (3 copies), 1963
24 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Girl Who Came To Supper, Barefoot in the Park (2 copies), Never Too Late, Ben Franklin in Paris, 1963-1964
25 High Spirits, Do I Hear a Waltz? (2 copies), Hello, Dolly!, Funny Girl, 1965
26 Luv (3 copies), Maurice Chevalier at 77, Baker Street (2 copies), 1965
27 Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, The Glass Menagerie, The Impossible Years, Man of La Mancha, 1965
28 You Can’t Take It With You, The Odd Couple, The Zulu and the Zayda, Fiddler on the Roof (2 copies), Wait a Minim!, 1966
29 Man of La Mancha, I Do! I Do!, The Homecoming, City Center Joffrey Ballet, Sweet Charity, 1966-1967
30 You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running, Plaza Suite (2 copies), Apa, Hadrian VII (2 copies), 1967-1969
31 Plaza Suite, 1776, The Price, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Company, Coco, 1969-1970
32 Promises, Child’s Play, Conduct Unbecoming, Company, Jaques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris, 1970-1971
33 Sleuth (2 copies), Godspell, Applause, Vivat! Vivat Regina!, No, No, Nanette, 1971-1972
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2 1 The Prisoner of Second Avenue, That Championship Season, 6 Rms Riv Vu, Cyrano, The River Niger, A Little Night Music, 1972-1973
2 Uncle Vanya, The Sunshine Boys, Good Evening, Crown Matrimonial, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Ulysses in Nighttown, 1973-1974
3 Noel Coward in Two Keys, Candide, Words and Music, Thieves, Over Here!, My Fat Friend, 1974
4 Gypsy, Where’s Charley?, Private Lives, Shenandoah, In Praise of Love, Same Time, Next Year, 1974-1975
5 Boccaccio, A Musical Jubilee, Habeas Corpus, Equus, Travesties, Absurd Person Singular, 1975-1976
6 A Matter of Gravity, The Norman Conquests, Pacific Overtures, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Very Good Eddie, 1976
7 No Man’s Land, On Broadway (2 copies), Poor Murderer, California Suite, Comedians, 1976
8 The Trip Back Down, A Party with Betty Comden Adolph Green, Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land, The Shadow Box, Otherwise Engaged, The King and I, 1977
9 Miss Margarida’s Way, Dracula (2 copies), Side by Side by Sondheim, Diversions and Delights, The Wiz, Annie, 1977
10 The Gin Game (2 copies), On the Twentieth Century, 13 Rue De L’amour, Tribute, Runaways, 1978
11 Back Country, Deathtrap, Chapter Two, On Golden Pond, Ain’t Misbehavin’ Da, 1978-1979
12 Romantic Comedy, Sweeney Todd, The 1940’s Radio Hour, Oklahoma!, Night and Day, 1979-1980
13 Oklahoma!, The Elephant Man, I Ought To Be in Pictures, Morning’s at Seven, A Day in Hollywood A Night in the Ukraine, Camelot, 1980
14 42nd Street, Jim Bailey, Lunch Hour, Sugar Babies, Woman of the Year, The Pirates of Penzance, 1980-1981
15 Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, Fifth of July, They’re Playing Our Song, My Fair Lady, The Boston Ballet (2 copies), 1981
16 The West Side Waltz, Crimes of the Heart, On Your Toes, My One and Only (2 copies), K2, 1982-1983
17 Brighton Beach Memoirs, La Cage aux Follies, Peg, The Real Thing, Noises Off, Smile, 1983-1986
18 Broadway Bound, Sweet Sue, Stardust, Coastal Disturbances, Fences, Anything Goes, 1986-1987
19 A Walk in the Woods, Rumors, The Grapes of Wrath, Catskills on Broadway, Crazy For You, Carousel, 1988-1994
20 An American Daughter, Steel Pier, The Real Thing, Dirty Blonde, Proof, Bells are Ringing, 1997-2001
21 Noises Off, Hedda Gabler, Dance of Death, The Producers, The Crucible, Fortune’s Fool, 2001-2002
22 The Elephant Man, Oklahoma! (3 copies), Movin’ Out, Dinner at Eight, 2002-2003
23 Imaginary Friends, Man of La Mancha, Long Day’s Journal into Night, Gypsy, 2003


Playbill - Opening Night

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3 1 Tartuffe, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Life (x) 3, Take Me Out, Vincent in Brixton, A Year with Frog and Toad, 2003
2 Salome, D Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Nine, Gypsy, Enchanted April, 2003
3 The Look of Love, Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home, Big River, Avenue Q, Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors, 2003
4 Golda’s Balcony, The Boy from Oz, The Retreat from Moscow, The Caretaker, Henry IV (2 copies), 2003
5 The Violet Hour (2 copies), Laughing Room Only, Taboo (2 copies), 2003
6 Anna in the Tropics (2 copies), 2003


The Center Theatre

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3 7 San Carlo Opera Company, It Happens on Ice, Stars on Ice, Icetime, Howdy, Mr. Ice, 1940-1949


The Charles Playhouse

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3 8 The Great God Brown, The Chairs, The Fantasticks, 1961


Festival Theatre & Academy

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3 9 Shakespeare (3 copies), 1964


John Golden Theatre

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3 10 Strange Interlude (2 copies), 1928


Lyric Theatre

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3 11 The Black Crook (2 copies), 1929



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3 12 Emilia Galotti: A Tragedy, Alfonso, King of Castile, 1810


RKO Palace Theatre

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3 13 Danny Kaye (2 copies), 1953



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3 14 The Typists and the Tiger, An Evening’s Frost, Arms and the Man, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, 1968 and undated


Shubert Theatre

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3 15 H.M.S. Pinafore, Take Her, She’s Mine, 1914-1961


Theatre Guild Program

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3 16 Days without End, Ah, Wilderness!, 1934



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3 17 Hey, Wait A Minute!, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, undated


Miscellaneous Theatres

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3 18 In the Palace of the King, King Dodo, The Sleeping Beauty and the Beast, The Great God Brown, 1901-1926
19 Look Back in Anger, Tonight We Improvise, Epitaph for George Dillon, Henry VIII, The Comedy of Errors, 1956-1963
20 The Devil Passes, Claudia, Lorna Sydney, The Golden Apple, King Henry IV Parts I and II, The Chalk Garden, 1931-1955
21 The Threepenny Opera, The Crucible, Mark Twain Tonight, The Balcony, A Mime’s Eye View, Hello, Dolly!, undated
22 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Danton’s Death, Candida, [1963?]-1987