Playbill On-Line extends a warm welcome to theatre fans who got home computers or online subscriptions as holiday gifts, and are exploring the online world for the first time.
Here's what you'll find on Playbill On-Line, the biggest, most widely used and most comprehensive online theatre information service. Some of the items are hyperlinked for your convenience. Others can be reached by clicking on the menu bar at left:
U.S. THEATRE NEWS: Breaking stories about casting coups, exciting new productions, the emergence of hot new stars and plays, the doings of stars, firings, hirings, etc.
CANADA THEATRE NEWS: A whole separate section of news from Canada.
INTERNATIONAL THEATRE NEWS: Written by our correspondents in London, Paris, Tokyo, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Madrid and Vienna. THE PLAYBILL CLUB: Membership is free, and you get discounts to shows throughout the US and Canada, exclusive opportunities to buy tickets before they go on sale to the public, discounts on subscriptions, theatre merchandise and more! The special "Off-Broadway Tonight" service enables you to get discounted tickets to the same night's Off-Broadway shows. A real bargain!
LISTINGS: Complete listings for more than 1400 professional theatres, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatres, plus theatres in London, Canada and Brazil.
THEATRE CENTRAL: Browse links to more than 1500 theatre-related websites across the internet, indexed for your convenience.
CASTING NEWS: Our fastest-growing section! Jobs on Broadway, national tours and regional productions, plus technical and administrative jobs, playwrighting competitions, etc.
FEATURES: The best interviews, profiles and trend pieces from the front of the Playbill programs and the monthly Playbill theatre magazine. Plus interviews written expressly for the online service.
DOWNLOADABLE SOUND CLIPS: Listen to clips from recent cast albums, studio and specialty recordings.
MESSAGE BOARD: Post messages to theatre fans across the nation and around the world on dozens of your favorite topics.
CHAT: Participate in nightly scheduled chats here on the website, or go on anytime to talk to theatre fans who share your interests. (The room is most active evenings).
WHO'S WHO: Database of actors, plays, playwrights, directors, songwriters, designers, culled from Who's Who section of Playbills throughout the country.
PLAYBILL CRITICS CIRCLE: On Playbill On-Line, the users are our theatre reviewers. Post YOUR review of prominent shows for everyone to read in the Playbill Critics Circle area of the Message Board.
PLAYBILL BOUTIQUE: Order posters, recordings, books, t-shirts, mugs, jackets much more, from One Shubert Alley's online catalogue.
Q&A: Weekly Theatre polls, surveys, contests and trivia games.
CELEBRITIES ONLINE: Favorite stars and personalities from the present and past answer members' questions live. Among those who have already appeared: Tommy Tune, Anthony Rapp, Betty Buckley, Patrick Stewart, Carol Channing, the cast of "Beauty and the Beast," Sam Harris and many more.
PRODUCTION PHOTOS: From Broadway, Off-Broadway and National Tours.
"SMART" MAPS: From the biggest to the smallest theatre in the U.S. -- all can be located on our interactive mapping system. Click on the "Map" button at the end of each listing..
AWARDS DATABASE: Who won the Tony Award for Best Actress in 1954? Find out here. Every winner of Tony, Drama Pulitzer, and a half dozen other national awards.
RESTAURANT DIRECTORY: For the Broadway theatre district.
SEATING CHARTS FOR BROADWAY THEATRES
SURVEY OF THEATRE SCHOOLS: Registration information and updated curricula.
Here's how to contact us through e-mail:
Managing Editor Robert Viagas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster Andrew McGibbon: email@example.com
International Editor Blair Glaser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Database Manager Sean McGrath: email@example.com
New York Database Manager Kevin Reardon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporter David Lefkowitz: email@example.com
Club Manager Keven Smith
Senior Editor Louis Botto c/o Louis Botto
Publisher Philip Birsh: Philip Birsh
-- By Robert Viagas