The Playbill Vault works every day to maintain and grow the Internet's largest and most-comprehensive Broadway production archive. One of most unique things we archive are the physical Playbills themselves. For most shows, you can flip through digitized versions of the production-specific pages from the Opening Night Playbill.
In early December, we debuted our first digitized cover-to-cover full Playbill, for the 1954 Broadway production of Peter Pan starring Mary Martin. Today, in honor of the release of the brand new film adaptation of Annie, we have posted the entire Playbill cover-to-cover from the 1977 original Broadway production of Annie, starring Andrea McArdle and Dorothy Loudon.
Every ad, every article, every single page is available for you to flip through from your computer screen. You can read the fascinating multi-page article "B'Way Kiddie Boom," about child actors on Broadway. You'll learn about Andrea McArdle getting caught riding her skateboard through the lobby of the Howard Johnson Motel on Eighth Avenue. You'll learn about original Molly Danielle Brisebois' early night club career. You can even see a profile on Diane Lane, who in 1977 was 13 years old and touring the United States and Europe in a repertory acting company.
Something that's particularly fun about the 1977 Annie Playbill is the "Playbill Fashion Supplement" that was printed in the back. Apparently the height of fashion in 1977 was a "fur-fetched raincoat."
You can also read a fascinating article in which Alfred Lunt, who had recently passed away at the age of 84, shared his most memorable experience in the theatre. You may know Alfred best today from the theatre that bears his name along with his wife's, the Lunt-Fontanne, currently home to Motown the Musical. Take a look at these and lots more in the full cover-to-cover Annie opening night Playbill in the Vault!