Scope and arrangement
The collection holds prompt books that were used by Hughes during his career as stage manager for twenty four Broadway productions between 1943 and 1968. The material documents the performance and technical elements involved in Broadway theater production.
Each prompt book documents the evolution of an individual Broadway production from its inception to performance. Scripts, costume and prop plots, and scenic design plans make up the bulk of the material. The majority of the scripts are annotated with blocking notes and dialogue changes. In some instances there are multiple versions of scripts for a given production, including the master as well as earlier drafts, rewrites, and omitted scenes. Set design and scenic plans are generally hand drawn, and some diazotype prints are present. Costume, prop, and lighting plots are generally typewritten and attached to the scripts. Timing notes, schedules, playbills, notes on cast members, and photographs of productions are limited. One 3 inch Emitape with sound effects for The Complaisant Lover dated January 9, 1961 is included. Inquiries regarding audio recordings in the collection may be directed to the Billy Rose Theatre Division (email@example.com). Audio recordings will be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.
The amount of material in each prompt book varies by production. Enter Laughing (1963), That Summer-That Fall (1967), The Investigation (1966), Peterpat (1965), The Price (1968), and The Complaisant Lover (1961) are the most well represented productions in this collection, while the files for One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1963) and The Autumn Garden (1951) contain only notes and clippings. Productions were written and produced by a number of individuals, including Arthur Miller, Lillian Hellman, Graham Greene, and Kermit Bloomgarden.
Material is arranged alphabetically by title of production.