I have a handful of Playbills that I found while cleaning out some storage in my apartment and I’m selling them to make some extra $$ while I’m doing yoga teacher training. They are as follows…
The Cripple of Inishmaan (1x with Daniel Radcliffe!)
Hedwig & the Angry Inch (3x OBRC with Neil Patrick Harris)
Closer (1x from The Lyric Theatre in London)
Chicago (1x Broadway, 2002)
Rent (1x Angel Tour, September 2000 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts)
Rent (1x Broadway, January 2000, 1x November 2004)
Rent (1x Broadway, 4000th performance with sticker!)
Merrily We Roll Along (1x City Center’s Encores – feat. Lin Manuel Miranda!)
American Idiot (2x tour in Boston, January 2012)
Waiting For Godot (1x Broadway feat. Patrick Stewart, November 2013)
Fences (1x Broadway revival feat. Denzel Washington, May 2010)
Murder Ballad (1x off-Broadway, June 2013)
The Pirate Queen (1x Broadway, April 2007)
Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang (1x Broadway, August 2005, 1x April 2005)
Evita (1x Broadway Revival, April 2012)
The Boy From Oz (1x OBC with Hugh Jackman November 2003)
The Crucible (1x 2016 Broadway Revival)
AIDA (1x Broadway 2003)
I’m selling these for $10 each, including shipping. Send me a message if you’re interested!
Random Christmas Present Success
I didn’t ask for much for the holidays this year. I don’t really need much. So, my mother said to me that she had to “improvise” a lot. Well, OK. My dad also came up with something neat – plastic Playbill covers! Playbill.com sells Playbill binders but they only hold 15 or so and they’re a complete rip off. Oh and I’d need about 75 of them to hold all of my Playbills.
So, I went through one of my four shelves of Playbills last night and put the first 100 in plastic holders. Lots of good memories to be relived. Apparently I met Carrie Fischer (top right corner) in addition to having met Mark Hamill years ago!
Going forward, I might put all of my Playbills in alphabetical order. It is going to be a pain in the ass but it might make it easier to find things in the future. Perhaps. How do you guys store your Playbills?
I am packing up my apartment to move and the last things on my shelves are my Playbills. I have so much shit. The movers are now allowed near these though. These I will be moving these in my parent’s car, along with my guitars and my camera.
So many Playbills.
And lastly (yes, I promise!), a few of my favorite off-Broadway Playbills. Looking through my collection, I was really proud of all the random stuff I’ve seen (L-R):
SLUT! the Musical: This musical was hilarious and starred Andy Karl and Mary Faber (before she was an Idiot).
The Overwhelmed – at Roundabout which starred Michael Stahl-David, who later went on to star in Cloverfield.
suBurbia – the revival at Second Stage which starred Kieran Culkin (as well as Michael Esper – though I totally don’t remember him in it!), and a bunch of extremely talented 20 something actors.
The Atheist – I went to see this solely because Chris Pine was starring. It was a one man show and I thought he did a fantastic job.
Spring Awakening – off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company in 2006. We sat onstage and it was well, interesting to say the least. I didn’t love it after the first act (I hated the microphones) but I got more into it in the second act. Off-Broadway, John Gallagher Jr. made his entrance by popping out of the seat that was right next to my friend’s seat. We both screamed when he popped up!
Distracted – starring Cynthia Nixon at Roundabout. This was a play about a mother who battles with whether or not she should be medicating her child after he is diagnosed with ADD. Nixon is a truly fantastic actress onstage and on-screen.
After Ashley – my first play at the Vineyard about the exploitation of tragedy in the 21st century, starring Dennis Hopper, Kieran Culkin, and Anna Paquin.
Some Americans Abroad – about a school group abroad in London. I went to see it solely because Anthony Rapp was in it.
Walmartopia – I included this because it remains the ONLY show I’ve ever walked out of during intermission. It was just that bad.
Next to Normal at Second Stage. To say the show was in shambles and way too long is an understatement. The second act felt like it was 3 hours long. It had some good moments but they definitely cleaned it up for the better.
Port Authority at Atlantic Theatre Company that starred John Gallagher Jr., Brian Darcy James, and Jim Norton. It was… interesting. I could’ve used a second viewing.
Stuff Happens at the Public Theatre. This was a play written by David O’Hare about the events after 9/11 that lead to the Iraq War. The title comes from when Dick Cheney was quoted as saying “stuff happens!” in response to a question about a tragedy happening. I loved this.
A few of my favorites from the Broadway side (L-R):
Don Giovanni at the MET (technically not Broadway, but close-enough)
Opening night Playbill from Spring Awakening
Color Playbill from previews of Titanic – classic!
The Little Dog Laughed – one of the most under-appreciated plays to ever grace Broadway, in my opinion.
Passing Strange – another kick-ass show that lost the 2008 TONY Award to In the Heights.
Color Playbill from the first time I saw Rent in June 1998.
Macbeth – starring Patrick Stewart in 2008. I worked at this theatre so I was lucky enough to see this production 13 times (for free) and I loved every single second of it. Totally should’ve won Best Revival.
Sunset Boulevard – This was my 3rd Broadway show in 1995. Alice Ripley was Betty Schaefer.
CATS – my first ever Playbill from 1993.
Opening night of Chitty Chitty, Band Bang in 2005. It was the first show I ever worked at, and despite how truly unbearable this show may have been, I still enjoyed watching it during every. single. preview.
My closing night Playbill from Rent. One of the most memorable nights I’ve ever had in the Nederlander.