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Musical Theater: News, Reviews, Journals

News & Magazines

Playbill Logo

On & Off Broadway & London news, shows, features

Playbill Online (free version)

Playbill print subscription -- library retains past 12 months

Backstage Logo

Auditions, casting calls, news & reviews

Backstage Online (free version)

Backstage print subscription -- library retains past 6 months

e-access to print

  • 2008-present, with 3-month lag
  • 1960-2001
  •  Variety logo

    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

    Both Performing Arts Periodicals Database and Music Periodicals Database  index performance reviews published in thousands of journals, magazines, and news sources in music, dance, theater and film. To search for performance reviews in either of these databases:

    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."