NY shop selling playbills

BroadwayMan5
Chorus Member
joined:3/31/12
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 04:17pm
Is there any shop in NY that sells playbills of all the shows currently playing on/off Broadway? For example, if someone is a playbill collector, he has to visit every theatre in NY to buy the playbills of the current productions?
BrodyFosse123
Broadway Legend
joined:2/27/06
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 04:21pm
Nope. For obvious reasons, there has never been a store in NYC that 'sells Playbills for Broadway shows.

Playbills are given free -- they are not 'for sale' Any theatre will provide you with a complimentary copy just for the asking and yes... that would mean you would have to walk to each theatre in order to do this, you lazy f**k.
So what does that make you, Brody? A zero-trick pony? - Wanna Be A Foster .........................The only power brody wields is in his own mind, joe. But it's amusing to watch him pretend nonetheless. - tazber
LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 04:24pm
LOL!

"Don't patronize me, alright?" - BroadwayStar4
BroadwayMan5
Chorus Member
joined:3/31/12
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 04:58pm
A lot of bullies on this board. But at least this one replied before calling me a "lazy f**k".
Billy5
Swing
joined:11/12/11
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 04:59pm
HAHAHA!!! May I advise that you try to go to the theaters on a Monday...

HAHAHA!!

Updated On: 4/18/12 at 04:59 PM
Baiseur82
Featured Actor
joined:11/25/07
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 05:27pm
Wow I didn't know they will just give you a playbill if you simply ask. That's awesome! I assume you would just ask at the box office?
"I'd rater be nine peoples favorite thing, than a hundred peoples ninth favorite thing"
wicked4l
Leading Actor
joined:5/19/06
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 05:38pm
Yeah, most box offices will give you one if you just ask!
rjm516
Broadway Star
joined:6/24/09
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 05:56pm
I thought this thread title said 'stop' and I thought Playbill was ending! Perish the thought.
fashionguru_23
Broadway Star
joined:4/21/08
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 06:36pm
I never knew that theatre would do this. I've gone in at intermission to a few lobbies, and the ushers have never given me one.
"The 54th Street[theatre] had a rep as. . .where old musicals went to die." -Smaxie
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 06:38pm
Box offices will not always hand out playbills. If you wait until a show is letting out you can walk in and grab one while everyone is leaving, though.
rosscoe(au)
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/05
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 06:45pm
Or just ask Brody to get you some, I mean he is a warm caring type!
Well I didn't want to get into it, but he's a Satanist. Every full moon he sacrifices 4 puppies to the Dark Lord and smears their blood on his paino. This should help you understand the score for Wicked a little bit more. Tazber's: Reply to Is Stephen Schwartz a Practicing Christian
JoanBennett
Understudy
joined:3/19/12
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/18/12 at 09:00pm
Is there a store that sells OLD playbills?

'Cause I just don't need that one to Nefertiti anymore...
Scarlett212
Chorus Member
joined:7/18/07
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/19/12 at 12:13am
If interested in playbills
Playbill web site offers an opening night series if you would like to receive on opening night playbill of each Broadway show for an extra fee you can include the tony Playbill too
sorry this doesn't included any off broadway shows.
Wee Thomas2
Leading Actor
joined:2/28/12
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/19/12 at 08:59am
I've found it difficult before a show to walk up and get a Playbill if I don't have a ticket, but sometimes if you wait by the stage door you can ask one of the stars to grab you one.

Most recently this worked for me with Ricky Martin, who not only got me a Playbill, but autographed it and gave me a kiss on the cheek for asking.
ChildrenwillListen
Featured Actor
joined:3/12/12
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/19/12 at 01:02pm
I've gotten a lot of playbills from ebay, granted some are expensive. And I bought massive amounts of playbills at the flea market
downstagecenter
Swing
joined:4/12/12
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/19/12 at 01:18pm
BroadwayMan5,

Don't let anyone bully you. There IS a place in New York you can buy Playbills, in fact there are two.

The first is the famous sidewalk book sellers that are located between 72nd and 73rd Streets on Broadway. They have 3 or 4 boxes FILLED with them and you can sort through them as long as you'd like. Some old and super vintage, and some from shows that are running on Broadway right now. He sells them for $1 a piece. I found a Cats playbill here last week signed by Laurie Beechman.

The second is another sidewalk book seller on Columbus Avenue in the West 60's near the ABC Studios. This seller has two crates of playbills that are mainly from the 1940s - 1980s. I found an original Pippin playbill here and an Ethel Merman Gypsy one. He sells them for $3 a piece. Also has a huge collection of old Life magazines for $10, I bought the one that featured Gwen Verson on the cover advertising Damn Yankees.

Both sellers are there every single day. If you don't see the crates of Playbills just ask and they will pull them out for you. I'm sure it's okay to purchase from these sellers as they have been operating for years and would have been noticed and shut down by now if they were illegal.

A great example of one man's junk is another man's treasure.
Hope this helps.

Updated On: 4/19/12 at 01:18 PM
downstagecenter
Swing
joined:4/12/12
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/19/12 at 01:21pm
Also, forgot to add both are cash only so bring some bills!
BroadwayMan5
Chorus Member
joined:3/31/12
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 4/19/12 at 01:27pm
Thanks a lot for the help downstagecenter.
musicman_bwayfan
Broadway Star
joined:6/5/05
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 8/25/13 at 02:50am
I also have a lot of about 75 unsigned playbills available to sell. Please inquire for the full list.


Also, I have some great signed playbills up at very low prices.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/musicmanbwayfan/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3686
Huss417
Broadway Star
joined:5/15/03
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Posted: 8/25/13 at 02:55am
Musicman_bwayfan

You had to bring up a thread from 2012?

You have posted this in at least 7 threads. Why?
"I hope your Fanny is bigger than my Peter." Mary Martin to Ezio Pinza opening night of Fanny.
Patronus
Broadway Legend
joined:7/24/05
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 8/25/13 at 06:57am
Maybe this is BWW equivalent of "walking to every theatre to get a playbill?"
MaddieBB12
Broadway Star
joined:11/1/12
NY shop selling playbills
Posted: 8/25/13 at 10:06am
When I was in the city the other day before Matilda, i walked down to Kinky Boot's theatre with every intention of purchasing a full size program and was hoping I could snag a Playbill while doing so. I asked the lady at the box office and she said the merch booth was closed, but she checked around the office for a Playbill and didn't have any. But she said she would have given it to me if she had.

But it all worked out in the end---I got a program at One Shubert Alley and picked up a Kinky Boots Playbill that someone had aimed for the garbage can with but didn't make it. And its in pretty good conditon.

I also tried to get a Jekyll & Hyde Playbill at the Maquis this spring. The ushers were standing the lobby holding them, and I asked nicely, but the lady said no.

And a couple of months ago, I was with my dad while he purchased tickets to Once. I wouldn't get to see the show so I asked for a Playbill. They gave me two, complete with At this Performance slips. Mind you, my dad had just dropped $250 to buy tickets.

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