Playbill Broadway Yearbook

The Playbill Broadway Yearbook
June 2012 to May 2013 – Ninth Annual Edition

edited by Robert Viagas

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The 2012–2013 Broadway season resembled Chuck E. Cheese, according to Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris. Between Matilda, Annie, A Christmas Story, and Newsies, more than two dozen actors under the age of eighteen had Broadway contracts that year. 2012–2013 was also the season that saw theatres filling hiatuses with brief, vaudeville-style engagements starring Barry Manilow, Lewis Black, the Rascals, and Mike Tyson. And through all of this, The Playbill Broadway Yearbook (Playbill Books/Applause Books, Oct. 2013, $39.99) has been busily poking its nose backstage to photograph the denizens of Broadway and to let them report on their activities.

Using the style of a high school yearbook as inspiration, Playbill Books—a division of the iconic company that designs the programs for every Broadway show—has created the ultimate Broadway scrapbook. The Playbill Broadway Yearbook gives theatre a comprehensive record of every person involved in every show of the season (leading ladies and costume interns alike), and in some cases non-people. (The firing of the cat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s made the evening news!) At least one member of the cast or crew from every show reports on things that only those who were backstage would know: opening-night presents, daily rituals, celebrity visits, memorable ad-libs, and more. Correspondents range from dressers and doormen to directors and stars.

This volume contains entries from all eighty-one Broadway shows of the season—the most shows in the history of the Yearbook! Also this year, livelier layouts for the Scrapbook pages, a clearer look for the Faculty table of contents, and brighter photos throughout. The back cover image is sold through the Playbill Store as a poster, a puzzle, and, by popular request, a T-shirt.

Oct. 15, 2013
400 pages
8.5″ x 11″
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard

Robert Viagas PlblYrbook_AuPhoto_314865Robert Viagas is the founder of, host of Radio Playbill, editor of Louis Botto’s At This Theatre, and author of books including I’m the Greatest Star, The Alchemy of Theatre, The Back Stage Guide to Broadway, and On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line. The assistant editor is Amy Asch, archivist for the Oscar Hammerstein II and Jonathan Larson estates. 

Playbill Inc. is the parent company of The Playbill Broadway Yearbook, and this year it has continued its evolution from a theatre program company to a broader theatre information company by rolling out a family of new websites, including,,, and

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Praise for The Playbill Broadway Yearbook


“A good book for the history of a single season…Recommended.”

Choice magazine

“…fascinating browsing of bite-sized vignettes about what goes on behind the scenes of all the Broadway shows… The Playbill Broadway Yearbook gives theater fans a fascinating insiders’ glimpse of the daily life of Broadway in a way that you probably couldn’t find anywhere else.”

Columbus Dispatch, Theatre Talk

“Whether or not you have ever been to New York City, if you are a theatre lover, The Playbill Broadway Yearbook will be a treasure you will refer back to for many years to come.”

Chicago Stage Style

“Just like when I was in high school, I can’t wait each year for the annual Playbill Broadway Yearbook… as usual, it was worth the wait! If you aren’t familiar with this series of books, you really owe it to your theatre-loving self to get these books.”

DK Theatre Scene

“Thank you Mr. Viagas and crew for giving us something that so concisely captures not only the details of the season but also the mood of the season.”

The Andy Gram

“The layout and photo quality has improved markedly since earlier issues and the result is highly enjoyable and informative.”

Stage Directions magazine

“This is the best thing you can get a theater lover for the holidays. It’s a true must have!”

Daily Actor



Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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