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Broadway Theatre Archive

The Broadway Theatre Archive was the primary consumer interface of Broadway Digital Entertainment, which additionally included a streaming service called Broadway Tonight and Prime Time Specials.

The New York Times deemed this extraordinary collection as “the crown jewels” of public and network television.

Broadway Digital Entertainment key staff included:

  • Basil Hero, President & CEO
  • Steven Mark, Chief Operating Officer
  • Norman Zagier, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Toby Simkin, Vice President of New Media
  • Lance Spiro, Vice President of Rights of Clearance
  • Sarah Shively, Archive Administrator
  • Michael Fuchs, Board Advisor

The Archive

The Broadway Theatre Archive was one of the most extensive catalogues of Broadway productions and classic made-for-tv plays, where we financed and developed a web-based service that showcased digitally remastered theatrical performances. Through digital restoration, the Broadway Theatre Archive reintroduced these classics to a new generation, keeping the theatre, and the cameras interpretation of it, thriving.

Among the productions available are selections originally shown on “Great Performances,” “American Playhouse” and “Theater in America” throughout the years originally made by PBS, New York’s WNET and Los Angeles’ KCET.

The library featured many landmark performances including such seminal portrayals as Jason Robards’ Hickey in The Iceman Cometh and Dame Judith Anderson’s Medea. The library showcased such leading actors as Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Kline, Richard Burton and many more artists.

Broadway Theatre Archive also included the entire Martha Swope library, with thousands of Broadway show photographs.

All activities of the company ended around 9:30am on September 11, 2001 with the destruction of our offices and archives.

RELEASED TITLES

(in alphabetical order)

  1. AH, WILDERNESS! (1976) by Eugene O’Neill, Directed by Arvin Brown. STARRING Geraldine Fitzgerald, Richard Backus, William Swetland, Joyce Ebert and Swoosie Kurtz. Produced by Lindsay Law. Executive Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, PBS Great Performances: Theater In America 1976
  2. ALICE AT THE PALACE (1981) by Elizabeth Swados, Directed by Emile Ardolino. STARRING Meryl Streep, Betty Aberlin, Debbie Allen, Michael Jeter and Mark Linn-Baker with Stuart Baker-Bergen, Richard Cox, Sheila Dabney, Rodney Hudson, Charles Lanyer, Kathryn Morath and Deborah Rush. Produced by Joseph Papp.
  3. ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1983) by Lewis Carroll, Music by: Richard Addinsell, Jonathan Tunick, Directed by Kirk Browning. STARRING Richard Burton, Colleen Dewhurst, Kate Burton, Donald O’Connor and Nathan Lane with Fritz Weaver, Maureen Stapleton. Produced by Ann Blumenthal. Executive Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, Great Performances 1983
  4. ALL OVER (1976) by Edward Albee, Directed by John Desmond, Paul Weidner. STARRING Myra Carter, William Prince, Anne Shropshire. Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, Theater In America, 1976
  5. AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (1966) by Arthur Miller adapting a play by Henrik Ibsen, Directed by Paul Bogart. STARRING Philip Bosco, James Daly, Kate Reid. Produced by Jack Landau. Executive Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, NET Playhouse 1966
  6. AND THE SOUL SHALL DANCE (1978) by Wakako Yamauchi, Wakako Yamauchi Music by: Lee Holdridge, Directed by Paul Stanley. STARRING Sab Shimono, Pat Li, Diane Takei, Haunani Minn and Yuki Shimoda with Denise Kumagi. Executive Produced by Norman Lloyd.
  7. THE ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL (1971) by Saul Levitt, Directed by George C. Scott. STARRING William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Richard Basehart, Jack Cassidy and Buddy Ebsen with Alan Hale, Cameron Mitchell, Albert Salmi, Ray Stricklyn. Executive Produced by Lewis Freedman.
  8. ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST (1972) by Lillian Hellman, Lillian Hellman Music by: Lee Holdrige, Directed by Daniel Mann. STARRING Barry Sullivan, Tiffany Bolling, Dorothy McGuire, Maidie Norman and Andrew Prine with William H. Bassett, Patricia Sterling, Lane Bradbury, Kent Smith, William Walker, Robert Foxworth, Jack Manning, Peter Brocco. Produced by Norman Lloyd. Executive Produced by Lewis Freedman.
  9. ANTIGONE (1974) by Jean Anouilh based upon the play “Antigone” by Sophocles; translation by Lewis Galantiere, Directed by Gerald Freedman. STARRING Genevieve Bujold, Stacy Keach, Fritz Weaver. Produced by Jac Venza. Executive Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, Theater In America 1972
  10. ASHES OF MRS. REASONER (1976) by Enid Rudd, Enid Rudd Music by: Lyn Murray, Directed by Peter Levin. STARRING Charles Durning, Cara Williams, Barbara Colby, Herb Edelman. Produced by Norman Lloyd. Executive Produced by Norman Lloyd.
  11. AWAKE AND SING! (1972) by Clifford Odets, Clifford Odets, Directed by Norman Lloyd, Robert Hopkins. STARRING Walter Matthau, Ruth Storey, Leo Fuchs, Robert Lipton and Felicia Farr with Martin Ritt, Milton Selzer, Ron Rifkin, John Myhers. Produced by Norman Lloyd. Executive Produced by Lewis Freedman.
  12. BACK TO BACK (1959) by John Mortimer, Directed by Stuart Burge. STARRING Michael Horden, George Rose, Leueen MacGrath, Jeane Marsh.
  13. BEYOND THE HORIZON (1975) by Eugene O’Neill, Music by: Bill Brohn, Directed by Michael Kahn, Rick Hauser. STARRING John Houseman, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Maria Tucci, John Randolph and James Broderick with Richard Backus. Produced by Lindsay Law. Executive Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York: Theater In America 1976
  14. BIG BLONDE (1980) by Ellen M. Violett adapting a short story by Dorothy Parker, Ellen M. Violett, Directed by Kirk Browning. STARRING John Lithgow, Sally Kellerman, Anita Morris, Peg Murray and George Coe with Rosetta LeNoire. Produced by Ann Blumenthal. Executive Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, PBS Great Performances: Theater In America, 1980
  15. BIG FISH, LITTLE FISH (1971) by Hugh Wheeler, Hugh Wheeler, Directed by Daniel Petrie. STARRING Bill Bixby, Louis Gossett, Jr., William Windom, Ann B. Davis and Jeff Corey with Severn Darden. Produced by Lewis Freedman.
  16. BIRDBATH (1971) by Leonard Melfi, Leonard Melfi, Directed by Lamont Johnson. STARRING Patty Duke, James Farentino. Executive Produced by Lewis Freedman.
  17. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY (1958) by Ludi Claire adapting a work by Thornton Wilder, Ludi Claire, Directed by Robert Mulligan. STARRING Hume Cronyn, Judith Anderson, Viveca Lindfors, Eva Le Gallienne and Theodore Bikel with Rita Gam, Kurt Kasznar, Peter Cookson, Steven Hill, William Marshall, Clifford David, Miko Oscard, Sandra Whiteside . Produced by David Susskind.
  18. BROTHER TO DRAGONS (1975) by Robert Penn Warren adapting a work by Robert Penn Warren, Music by: Richard Cumming, Directed by Adrian Hall, Ken Campbell. STARRING Richard Kneeland, Pamela Payton-Wright. Produced by Ken Campbell. Executive Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, Theater In America 1975
  19. BURNING BRIGHT (1959) by John Steinbeck, Directed by Curt Conway. STARRING Colleen Dewhurst, Donald Madden, Dana Elcar, Myron McCormick.
  20. CAROLA (1973) by Jean Renoir, James Bridges, Directed by Norman Lloyd. STARRING Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Carmen Zapata, Anthony Zerbe and Albert Paulsen. Executive Produced by Norman Lloyd.
  21. THE CARPENTERS (1973) by Steve Tesich, Steve Tesich, Directed by Norman Lloyd. STARRING Vincent Gardinia, Marge Redmond, Joseph Handy, Kitty Winn and Jon Korkes. Produced by George Turpin. Executive Produced by Norman Lloyd.
  22. THE CEREMONY OF INNOCENCE (1972) by Ronald Ribman, Music by: Charles Gross, Directed by Arthur Seidelman. STARRING James Broderick, Richard Kiley, Larry Gates, Jessie Royce Landis. Produced by Bob Markell. Executive Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, Theater In America 1975
  23. THE CHINESE PRIME MINISTER (1974) by Enid Bagnold, Enid Bagnold Music by: Robert Prince, Directed by Brian Murray, George Turpin. STARRING Dame Judith Anderson, Peter Coffield, Richard Clarke, Stephen Elliott and Kathleen Miller with Elayne Heilveil, Don McHenry. Produced by George Turpin. Executive Produced by Norman Lloyd.
  24. THE CONTRACTOR (1974) by David Storey, Directed by Barry Davis. STARRING Reid Shelton, Joseph Maher, Kevin O’Connor, Michael Linn. Produced by Ken Campbell. Executive Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, Theater In America 1975
  25. CYRANO DE BERGERAC (1974) by Edmond Rostand translation by Brian Hooker, Music by: Lee Hoiby, Directed by William Ball, Bruce Franchini. STARRING Peter Donat, Marsha Mason, Marc Singer, Kathryn Crosby. Produced by Matthew N. Herman. Executive Produced by Jac Venza. A Presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, Theater In America, 1974
  26. DEATH OF A SALESMAN (1966) by Arthur Miller, Directed by Alex Segal. STARRING Lee J. Cobb, Mildred Dunnock, George Segal, James Farentino and Gene Wilder with Edward Andrews, Albert Dekker,