Printer Frank Vance Strauss established a company to produce programs for New York theatrical productions in 1884. These programs were of the four-page variety typical of the period, but in 1911 Strauss created a longer format filled with articles and advertising, varying only in a unique cover for each play and the pertinent production information and credits. First called the Strauss Magazine Theatre Program, the name was simplified to Playbill in 1934. With modest changes, this format continues to be employed by Broadway and off-Broadway* theatres, and serves as a model for many regional repertory theatres and amateur and academic groups.

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  • Playbill — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Playbill es una revista mensual estadounidense para aficionados al teatro. Aunque hay una edición disponible por subscripción para entrega a domicilio, muchos Playbills son impresos para los espectáculos en un… …   Wikipedia Español

  • playbill — playbill; Playbill; …   English syllables

  • Playbill — Play bill , n. A printed programme of a play, with the parts assigned to the actors. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • playbill — (n.) also play bill, 1670s, from PLAY (Cf. play) (n.) + BILL (Cf. bill) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • playbill — [plā′bil΄] n. 1. a poster or circular advertising a play 2. a program of a play, listing the cast, staff, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Playbill — Infobox Magazine title = Playbill image size = 200px image caption = The cover of the Playbill issue for The Producers. editor = Judy Samelson editor title = frequency = Monthly circulation = 3,896,000 monthly [… …   Wikipedia

  • playbill — UK [ˈpleɪˌbɪl] / US noun [countable] Word forms playbill : singular playbill plural playbills old fashioned a printed advertisement for a play …   English dictionary

  • playbill — noun Date: 1616 a bill advertising a play and usually announcing the cast …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Playbill — trademark used for a theater program …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • playbill — /play bil /, n. a program or announcement of a play. [1665 75; PLAY + BILL1] * * * …   Universalium

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