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Category Archives: Theater Collection

Happy 75th Birthday, Oklahoma!

The lights come up on a picturesque farm scene. It’s March 31, 1943, opening night at the St. James Theatre on 44th Street. The stage’s sole occupant is an older woman … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mammas

Sophie Tucker was born Sonya Kalish on January 13, 1886, in Tulchin, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire. Several months after her birth, her family immigrated to the United … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

When Love Comes so Strong: West Side Story at 60

On September 26, 1957, West Side Story, a new musical opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway. In his opening night review, New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson called the musical “a profoundly moving show that … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gertrude Hoffman and the Dance That Offended Public Decency

The Museum’s ongoing exhibition Activist New York recently debuted a new case study that explores the battle over birth control and obscenity laws that raged in New York at the … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

When Mortals Dream at Night in the Summer

It’s the summer solstice and the king and queen of the fairies are quarrelling in a forest. Queen Titania has stolen a favored serving boy of King Oberon. Or, maybe … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Sounds of Patriotism: Popular Songs of World War I

Walking into Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York, visitors are transported back in time to 100 years ago when the streets of the city were covered … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Frequently Asked Questions for Rights & Reproductions

We receive many inquiries at the Museum of the City of New York regarding rights and reproductions for objects in our collections. Below are some frequently asked questions and responses. … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Yankee Doodle Boy gets digitized

  Since 1968, the Museum has been home to a large collection of scripts, sheet music, and scores created by George M. Cohan, the most prolific theater artist in the … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Katherine Dunham in New York City

Eighty years ago this month, an anthropologist named Katherine Dunham made her New York City dance debut at the 92nd Street Y. The 28 year old Chicago native choreographed and … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

Frequently Asked Questions for the Collections Department

We receive many reference inquiries here at the Museum of the City of New York, primarily through our research email (research@mcny.org). The Museum makes every effort to answer questions directly … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

At the Broadway Convention

On the last weekend of January, along with thousands of Broadway fans, I made the trek to the Javits Center on Manhattan’s far west side to enjoy the second annual … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

John Street Theatre, the only show in town!

  The week between Christmas and New Year is traditionally the busiest time of the year for theater on Broadway, and this year was no exception. According to The Broadway … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Restaurants of Yore

It’s harder and harder for an independent restaurant to survive in New York City, according to an article published in the New York Times on October 25, 2016: “Is New … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

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