I hadn’t gone through my Playbill collection in probably 5 years and because it’s too hot to be outside today, I sat down, removed my Playbills down my bookcase and sorted.
1. That’s all of the Playbill’s from the Broadway shows I’ve seen. Notice the Glory Days Playbill on the top? Sigh. That’s maybe one of 7 that was printed. My first Broadway show was CATS in 1994.
2. All of my off-Broadway Playbills. I love Broadway, but I love off-Broadway as well. I think my first off-Broadway show was De La Guarda in 2002 (that could be wrong, actually, I’m sure it’s wrong).
3. Rent. I think I saw Rent a total of 60 times on Broadway and once on tour (the first Non-Equity tour in New Brunswick, NJ and it was AWFUL). That smaller pile is of the Playbills I have from Rent that I wasn’t actually at (back in the day I liked getting Playbill’s from shows I hadn’t been at – looking back, I can’t figure out why!).
4. Shakespeare in the Park! (L-R: Twelfth Night, HAIR (40th Anniversary Weekend), Two Gentleman of Verona, A Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Bacchae (the best thing about that show were Jonathan Groff glittery jeans).
5. New York Musical Theatre Festival (better known as NYMF) from beginning and onwards. I used to be diligent with seeing shows in NYMF every year but I’ve slacked off in recently years. I really regret not seeing Feeling Electric (now known as Next to Normal) when it was at the festival in 2006 (year could be wrong!). I’m excited to see what shows are chosen this year.
6. Special events such as the TONYs, Easter Bonnets, Gypsy of the Year’s, Broadway Bares’, Broadway on Broadway, the Drama Desk Awards, and several benefit concerts.
7. New York International Fringe Festival… including two shows that I worked on (Beautiful & Ana 311) and the most memorable shows I ever saw at the Fringe, SILENCE! the Musical (a musical version of Silence of the Lambs) in 2005.