Definitions for playbillˈpleɪˌbɪl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a program or announcement of a play.
Origin of playbill:
a theatrical program
"he couldn't find her name on the playbill"
A poster advertising a theatrical performance.
A program / programme / pamphlet for a theatrical performance.
a printed programme of a play, with the parts assigned to the actors
Playbill is a monthly U.S. magazine for theatregoers. Although there is a subscription issue available for home delivery, most Playbills are printed for particular shows to be distributed at the door. Articles within the Playbills change monthly to reflect new shows and artists performing in plays, musicals or special attractions; this "wraparound" section is the same for all Playbills across all venues at any given time. Within this wraparound, Playbills contain a cast list, cast photos, cast biographies, song lists and who performs the songs, and a list of scenes for the particular show. Playbill was first printed in 1884 for a single theatre on 21st St. The publication is now used for nearly every Broadway show, as well as many off-Broadway productions. Outside New York, Playbill is used at theatres throughout the United States, including in Birmingham; Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Columbus, OH; Dallas; East Lansing; Houston; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; St. Louis; San Diego; San Francisco; and Washington, DC. Circulation is currently just below 4,000,000, comparable to magazines such as Time. On the opening night of a Broadway show, Playbills are stamped with a seal on the cover. The opening night date appears on the title page within the magazine. Special "Opening Night" Playbills can also be purchased on the Playbill website. These are sealed in a bag and have an "Opening Night" seal on the front page.
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