Theatre historian and Playbill archivist Louis Botto, along with co-author Robert Viagas, will sign and discuss copies of their new, updated version of "At This Theatre" at several fall events in New York City.
First up will be the annual "New York Is Book Country" Fifth Avenue book fair Sept. 29. Botto and Viagas will sign copies and answer questions from 1-2 PM at the Applause booth. There will also be a theatre history quiz available with signed copies of "At This Theatre" as the winners' prize.
Both the Drama Book Shop and Barnes and Noble will host reading events. The Drama Book Shop will have a question and answer period with the authors, followed by a signing Oct. 7 from 5-7 PM, while the Barnes and Noble Lincoln Center will host Botto and Viagas from 7-8 PM on Oct. 21.
Botto has revised and updated the inaugural 1984 edition of his "At This Theatre." Chapters on the original 34 theatres have been brought up to date to cover shows and personalities of the past 18 years, and Botto has added new chapters to showcase Broadway’s four new or restored theatres (Disney’s New Amsterdam, the American Airlines Theatre, the Ford Center for the Performing Arts and the Marquis Theatre), plus the Vivian Beaumont Theater and the famed City Center.
The updated edition contains 116 additional pages and over 100 photos and program covers more than the original. It also features a new index, with 6,600 entries that editor Robert Viagas, program director of Playbill Broadcast and editor of Playbill Books, compiled by hand. Brian Stokes Mitchell wrote the new preface. The book, which costs $35, is the inauguration of the Playbill Books imprint and is being published by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, with distribution by Hal Leonard Corporation. The book was released Sept. 10.
— By Christine Ehren
and Sandra Mardenfeld