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Syracuse University Libraries

Musical Theater: News, Reviews, Journals

News & Magazines

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On & Off Broadway & London news, shows, features

Playbill Online (free version)

Playbill print subscription -- library retains past 12 months

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Auditions, casting calls, news & reviews

Backstage Online (free version)

Backstage print subscription -- library retains past 6 months

e-access to print

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Film, television, theater & entertainment news

Variety Online (free version)

Variety print subscription -- library retains past 6 months

e-access to print

Performance Reviews Online

Performance Reviews in Journals & Magazines

Search performance reviews published inn thousands of journals, magazines, and news sources in music, dance, theater and film. 

  1. Go to the advanced search.
  2. in a keyword search box at the top, enter the name of the show (e.g. "Sweeney Todd")
  3. Under Document type, click "Performance Review," "Performance Review-Favorable," "Performance Review-Mixed," or "Performance Review-Unfavorable." If relevant, use document type of "Dance review," "Music review,"  "Opera review," or "Recording review."