Exact Editions Blog: The Stage launches its digital archive with Exact Editions. “In partnership with The Stage, Exact Editions is delighted to announce the addition of the weekly theatre magazine on its digital platform, that includes back issues spanning two years and comprising of over 70 issues worth of performing arts content.” Two years? And The Stage has been around since 1880? Hm. Obviously, not free.
Broadway World: The National Theatre Launches National Theatre Collection, A New Digital Service. “The National Theatre today launches the National Theatre Collection, with two new partnerships with Bloomsbury Publishing and ProQuest. This new service draws on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, alongside high quality archive recordings never previously seen outside of the NT’s Archive. The National Theatre Collection will make the best of British theatre available to libraries, schools, universities and the education sector around the world.” As you might guess, this is not free.
Playbill: The Actors Fund Launches Performing Arts Legacy Project Documenting Veteran Performers’ Careers
Playbill: The Actors Fund Launches Performing Arts Legacy Project Documenting Veteran Performers’ Careers. “The Actors Fund has announced the launch of the Performing Arts Legacy Project, a new online platform that invites veteran performers to create and share their own pages, documenting their careers in the performing arts. The website… launched May 7 with contributions from 10 veteran performers including Tony Award winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music), three-time Tony nominee André De Shields (Hadestown, The Wiz), Michael David Arian, George Bartenieff (I Will Bear Witness: The Holocaust Diaries), Vinie Burrows (Green Pastures, The Skin of Our Teeth), Susan Lehman (I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Fiddler on the Roof), Agosto Machado, Richard Masur (Lucky Guy), Gilda Mirós, and Virginia Wing.”
I love ephemera archives! A new Tumblr site is creating an archive of band/performance flyers from Chattanooga, Tennessee. I also love that there’s a local news site for the area called Nooga.com. “The site, A History of Chattanooga Flyers, accepts submissions from all types of shows, including music concerts, film showings, roller derby games and basically any other show/performance that’s taken place in Chattanooga over the past few decades. “
Underway: a project to digitize Orson Welles’ old radio shows. “An [Indiana University]-led preservation and digitization project, titled ‘Orson Welles on the Air,’ will reveal the truth: Original lacquer discs containing 14 of the broadcasts, as well as other supposedly lost recordings, had been secured by Indiana University Libraries’ Lilly Library, one of the nation’s premier rare book and special collection libraries.”
A new Web site helps disabled people find accessible Broadway shows in New York City. “This website is a way to help theatregoers with physical disabilities or autism and other sensory sensitivities find Broadway shows with the particular type of accessibility service they require. Theatre Access NYC is an intuitive, user-friendly show finder that allows users to filter and sort through dozens of Broadway shows based on accessibility, and provides details including dates, times and ticket availability for accessible performances.”
Hey! The Library of Congress is getting a tap dance archive! “TAP DANCE IN AMERICA, a free Library of Congress online database, will contain the most comprehensive and detailed collection of tap dance documentation on record. LIVE ON FEBRUARY 12, the interactive encyclopedia will include a 3,000 record database searchable by title, date, venue; dancer, choreographer, director, producer and performance medium (film, television, radio, stage, club) as well as by names of ‘tap numbers’ and tap choreographies.”