Scope and arrangement
The Lincoln Center Theater records hold production files, committee records, financial materials, and facility rental records for both the short-lived Lincoln Center Theater Company (1979-1985) and Lincoln Center Theater. The Lincoln Center Theater records document the productions under that company's first administration, Lindsay and Mosher (1985-1991).
The production files document individual productions mounted by the companies. Productions are arranged by season and then opening date. The amount and content of the files varies by production. Files may include programs, director notes, cast sheets, contact lists, scene breakdowns, orchestral scores, prop lists, lighting and sound designs, fly cues, and scripts. Scripts may be drafts of production scripts, marked operating scripts, stage manager's scripts, and those used for music and lighting cues. There are limited photographs. Anything Goes is the most fully represented production, with general production files as well as the full set of orchestral parts used in the pit. The files for Sarafina! also hold correspondence and contracts regarding the documentary film produced about the creation of the musical. The Mule Bone files hold research and script drafts which trace the reconstruction of the piece. Lincoln Center Theater Company's 1980-1981 season files contain only production photographs. Open reel tapes of backing instrumentation for House of Blue Leaves and Measure for Measure are here, as well as sound recordings of Anything Goes. Additionally, there are cartridge sound effect tapes identified by effect and not production. Sound recordings will be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.
In 1985, the building's current management - Lincoln Center Theater- was established. Former mayor John Lindsay assembled a board of directors and hired Gregory Mosher as director and Bernard Gersten as executive producer. The committee files document this change of management, and hold notes and correspondence from the newly formed building committee, development committee, and special events committee. There are budget estimates for the renovation of the Newhouse and Beaumont theaters for the new enterprise, as well as fundraising needs and charts with estimated operating costs. There is also correspondence and notes relating to the December 1985 benefit gala that marked the return of a resident company to the Beaumont.
The financial records of the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Inc. hold files from 1980 to 1985, representing time spent working with the Lincoln Center Theater Company. There are annual budgets, statements, accounting reports, central services payments to Lincoln Center, and ledgers for cash received, all arranged by date.
The facilities rental files document the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Inc.'s primary activity under Lincoln Center Theater Company - renting the Beaumont for income. Rental activities continued through December of 1985, when Lincoln Center Theater was ready to take over the space with their own resident company. These files, arranged by date, contain lists of staff required for each event, payment terms, lists of hours worked by facility staff, correspondence with the event planner, and occasionally programs from various events.
Alphabetical by file type.