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Reston Community Players Presents Chapter Two

Show/Production List

By • Mar 21st, 2008 • Category: ShowBizRadio

We’ve just completed our updated, cross-referenced database of over 1,800 shows and other productions. What we’ve done is cross-referenced the production history all of the groups we track, so that you can at a glance see if a show has been produced before or not. If we’ve reviewed the show, a link to the review is available. You can also see which groups have performed that show, and see their history as well. Then if you have questions about the production, you can contact the other organization for feedback on that show.

The most often produced shows are You Can’t Take It With You (with 27 productions), The Fantasticks, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, each with 24 productions.

We have gone through and standardized show titles. For example, is Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera “The Yeoman of the Guard” or “The Yeomen and the Guard?” Neither, it’s The Yeomen of the Guard.

Now that the initial cross-referencing is complete, it will be much easier to add new shows as they are added to theater’s schedules. Eventually, we’re planning to add in links to the rights organizations for each show, as well as a link to the show’s Wikipedia entry. If you have any suggestions, or spot any problems with this, please let us know.

This article can be linked to as: http://washingtondc.showbizradio.com/goto/2212.

started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

2 Responses »

  1. Holy Mackerel! Wow, what a great resource!

    Thanks Laura and Mike for ALL…THAT…WORK…

    I am a web geek too, and this is an ENORMOUS undertaking but incredibly valuable for the local theatre community!

    Thanks again, great job as usual!

  2. WOW !! What a lot of work you two have put into this ! THANK YOU. I find it a helpful & interesting list because I often wonder “When the last time somebody did this-and-this show?”

    2 things tho: Out of curiosity I pulled up “Six Degrees of Separation” to see what other theatres had done it in the area over the years, since my own production had just ended. Silver Spring Stage had done it sometime around 2003 or so, but it’s not on your list. But I’m aware that SSS, like a few other groups, has not posted its entire show history on its website for you to refer to. I wish it would, but this year it might happen because they’re celebrating their 40th season and they’re asking its members for old photos, copies of reviews & programs, etc.

    2nd thing: I realize you had a choice involving the word “The” or “A” at the start of a play title. I don’t know how much this might screw up your long & very detailed list that took so much time, but could you reconsider filing such show titles starting with “A” or “The” under the A or T sections? Libraries don’t fully recognize “The” and “A” when it comes to filing things away. For instance, “A Christmas Carol” would be filed under “C” & not “A.” “The Scarlet Letter” would be filed under “S” and not “T.” Just a thought…


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