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re: Where can you buy playbills?

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bigbigbill
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Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/30/06 at 11:30pm
Does anyone know of any websites where you can buy Playbills from? I've been looking for a good site.
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SweetQintheLights
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/30/06 at 11:31pm
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millie_dillmount
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/30/06 at 11:31pm
If you're looking to buy them, look off a trading website like Ebay. Playbills aren't usually sold in stores since you get them with your admission to the show.
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bigbigbill
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/30/06 at 11:33pm
I saw that other thread, but I don't really have any that I want to trade. Are there any websites that sell them?
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ShutterBug
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/30/06 at 11:40pm
www.playbill.com

The store there most current productions and several older shows.
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Yero
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/30/06 at 11:43pm
eBay would probably be your best bet.
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zzannahk
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/30/06 at 11:44pm
i have always thought it would be a great gift packaing to give tickets in a playbill. or something to that affect.
neddyfrank2
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joined:12/23/05
re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/30/06 at 11:53pm
When a very close friend died, I inherited a GIANT box of playbills dating from 1965-Now. One day, if I have the time I will type them up for you. I know I have INTO THE WOODS OBC in there, among others.
lifeisacabaret
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/31/06 at 03:38am
I remember doing something very naughty when i went to see Hairspray in NY...during the interval (or intermission), i sat down at the very back of the stalls...no ushers were around...I was sitting next to a large stack of unused playbills...i absolutely loved the show....so i stuck 20 in my bag.

I now have 20 hairsray playbills...but alas, im in the UK. Id like to add that had they been items that were sold to the audience, i would not have even considered doing it, but they were free...soo...lol.
neddyfrank2
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/31/06 at 03:42am
In London they charge you for them, here they are free!
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Mamie
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/31/06 at 04:49am
There are always loads on eBay. I have a couple thousand here that I'll be unloading on eBay one day. It's just a matter of DOING it.
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millie_dillmount
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joined:4/22/04
re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/31/06 at 05:51am
I didn't mean to type it that way (I was tired) but eBay is not a trading website. So yeah your best bet will be on eBay or searching on various Broadway message boards for people willing to sell their playbills.
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Producer2
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joined:7/29/06
re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 7/31/06 at 10:20am
I have tons of Beauty and the Beast and The Odd Couple Playbills!!!! I also have hundreds of full color brochures from every show past and present!
Robos89
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joined:6/20/06
re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 8/2/06 at 12:44pm
Yeah, like everyone else has said...eBay is your best bet if you feel like paying $4 for somethng you usually get for free, but it's worth it if the show has closed! They also sell opening night playbills in playbill.com's online store! Those are $15, I think.
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bigbigbill
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 02:13pm
Is there anyone who has any they would want to sell cheap?
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 02:27pm
I have a couple of Playbills signed by the entire casts - I bought them as part of BC/EFA, so it was money well spent. Plus, I didn't have to wait for the cast at the door in the freezing cold, and everyone signed. :) I am keeping them as fond memories of those shows.

I looked on the Playbill site, and some of those Opening Night playbills go for $50 or so...yikes! (The Producers one comes to mind)
Updated On: 9/4/06 at 02:27 PM
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RentBoy86
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 02:30pm
I really would like to have the BARE playbill - though I know it's not an actual playbill, but the program at least.
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munkustrap178
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 02:32pm
Just go to google and search.

There are a few sites out there that sell playbills from even the most obscure shows.
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misto625
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joined:11/10/05
re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 02:45pm
I'd be willing to sell some cheap if you tell me what you want. I have my collection in a different location than I am living, but I can still get to most of them.
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ILoveMyDictionary
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joined:4/8/06
re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 02:58pm
I've found a ton of great deals off ebay.
Yankeefan007
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joined:3/20/04
re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 03:01pm
I've got tons of Playbills from most of the current shows (and some older ones). If anyone's got specific questions, PM me.
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SweetQintheLights
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 03:01pm
Misto, I PMed you.

This is probably the dumbest question but- does any have the original RENT playbill and is willing to sell it?
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munkustrap178
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 03:09pm
I have two RENT OBC Playbills, but won't part with them, sorry.

They pop up everywhere. Search, I'm sure you'll come across some.
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 03:21pm
Does anyone have a playbill from THE SECRET GARDEN?
I'd love to have one.
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Yero
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 03:52pm
This is probably a stupid question, but I never realize they sold Playbills on playbill.com. Do you get the actual Playbill?
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allofmylife
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re: Where can you buy playbills?
Posted: 9/4/06 at 04:08pm
I have rarely left a show without at least ten to twenty playbills. Remember, they are filled with ads so the sponsors have no problem with that (as opposed to the big pay programs which have none and the show's producers want to sell).

I still to this day will make a loop around some of the theaters when I'm in town and grab all the playbills in the garbage. I find that those who are going to throw their playbills away rarely carry them more than a block.

And why do I do this?

I attended the opening night of "42nd Street" (among others). I left with only about ten because when it was announced that Gower Champion had dies (David Merrick - what a pr**k) people DOVE for the piles of programs at the rear of the audience.

Do you know how much an opening-night-Champion-is-dead program is worth these days?

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