Roundabout Theatre Company recently announced the theatre organization's permanent archives, which document the company's illustrious 46-year production history. The archives are a resource for the theatre community, Roundabout's audiences, students and researchers. The digital archives showcase selections from Roundabout's general collection, featuring items that chronicle and celebrate the company's impact on the American theatre movement, and BroadwayWorld is excited to share featured pieces from the archives. Featured today:
THE PAJAMA GAME:
Poster artwork for final performances of The Pajama Game which benefited the Actors Fund and New Orleans Habitat Musicians Village. Opening night photograph of stars Kelli O'Hara and Harry Connick, Jr. 2006. Photo credit Shevett Studio. Roundabout Theatre Company Archives.
The Pajama Game (circa 2006)
In 2006, Roundabout's revival of The Pajama Game won the Tony for best musical revival along with best choreography for Kathleen Marshall's visionary work. The production was a huge hit with critics and audiences alike. In June 2004, the strict limited run extended for six special performances. The proceeds for those performances benefitted the Actor's Fund, Harry Connick, Jr.'s New Orleans Habitat Musicians Village and Roundabout's Education program.
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During the last 46 years Roundabout has become one of the country's largest non-profit theatre organizations yet, until 2008, had no central repository for its records. Having re-located several times since 1965, many historical documents have moved to private hands, been collected by souvenir hunters, been thrown out or given away. The materials that exist were scattered among Roundabout's buildings, theatres and off-site storage and were in need of urgent archival care and preservation.
With the establishment of the permanent archives, Roundabout documents and preserves its rich history and offers access to the collection by the theatre community and qualified researchers. Materials connected to staging live theatre, such as scripts, letters and negotiations, marketing publications, photos and memorabilia are carefully preserved and will provide valuable record of Roundabout's legacy and contribution to the American theatre movement.
The physical archives are located at Roundabout's administrative offices at 231 W. 39th Street. Appointments to access the collection must be made in advance. Tiffany Nixon is the on-staff archivist.
Click here to visit the archives.