New Online Database: Playbill Vault Aims to be IMDB for Theatre
Trade magazine Playbill is creating a huge online database for theatre productions, similar to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
A beta version of PlaybillVault.com was launched Thursday, with information on over 10,000 Broadway shows and 120,000 actors, creative teams and crew members.
Images of the old playbills appear where they are available.
So far the database looks at Broadway, from 1930 to the present [more than 573,000 records as of Monday, December 5, 2011].
Over the next few months Playbill will bring in Off-Broadway content, earlier Broadway history (from the early 1900s on) and Broadway grosses starting from 1986, but there’s no way yet to trace the path of a show outside of New York.
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