UNLOCK THE VAULT: Dec. 24, Previous Names | Playbill

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In celebration of Playbill’s new site, Playbill Vault, we offer a month-long theatrical treasure hunt! Playbill Vault offers an interactive treasure trove for theatre fans, students, aficionados and historians alike. To build the Playbill Vault, more than a dozen Playbill staff members spent nearly 18 months scanning, cataloging and tagging thousands of programs from the Playbill archives in Queens and Manhattan, as well as synching up tens of thousands of news stories, photos and videos from 17 years of theatre coverage online on Playbill.com.

Upon the Dec. 1 launch of its beta version, the Playbill Vault includes information on over 10,000 shows and 120,000 actors, creative teams and crew members who have worked or are currently working on Broadway, with content being added on a daily basis.


Many of Broadway's great playhouses bear the names of giants in the industry: Composers like Stephen Sondheim and George Gershwin, playwrights like August Wilson, stars like Helen Hayes, producers like Bernard B. Jacobs, critics like Walter Kerr, artists like Al Hirschfeld, and even one publicist, Samuel J. Friedman. But all those theatres had different names when they were built. Visit the "Theatres" section of the Playbill Vault to see their original names.


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The Al Hirschfeld Theatre opened as the Martin Beck

The August Wilson Theatre opened as the Guild Theatre

The Helen Hayes Theatre opened as the Little Theatre

The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre opened as the Royale Theatre

The Walter Kerr Theatre opened as the Ritz Theatre

The George Gershwin Theatre opened as the Uris Theatre

The Stephen Sondheim Theatre opened as Henry Miller's Theatre

The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre opened as the Biltmore Theatre

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