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AMDA-NY Library Online Learning Resources: Research Help

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, AMDA has moved many of its courses to an online format. This guide is a supplement to the regular AMDA-NY library website, to aid students and faculty during this time.

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Helpful Databases

NY Times Online:

AMDA student subscriptions available. Can be accessed onsite and offsite

Performing Arts Periodicals Database:

For offsite access:

Username: amdany

Password: 10023


**Obtain a New York Public Library card**

Gives you access to hundreds of other newspaper databases, not just NY Times.

New York Public Library Digital Collection:


Subject headings to Search in the Library Catalog:

Musicals--United States--History and Criticism.

Musical revues, comedies, etc.--Pictorial works.

Popular music--United States--History and Criticism.


America's songs: the stories behind the songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley / Philip Furia and Michael Lasser.

  • Reference ML 3477 .F87 A44 2006
    • This tells the history and stories behind American popular songs, and the process of collaboration between composer and lyricist.

Blackwell Guide to the Musical Theatre on Record

  • Reference ML 156.9 .G63 1990
    • The essential basic recordings for any collection of musicals; with introductions to the musicals and reviews of the recordings.

Broadway: 125 Years of Musical Theatre

  • Reference ML 1711.8 .N5 A46 1991
    • Exhibit by the Museum of the City of New York
    • Good for photos

Broadway Musicals/ Martin Gottfried

  • Reference ML 1711.8 .N5 .G68 B76 1979
    • Good for Photographs of productions/ mixture of time periods

Broadway Musicals: 101 Greatest Shows of All Time.

  • Reference ML 102 .M88 .B56 2004
    • covers the 101 most influential, popular, and enduring Broadway shows

Historic Photos of Broadway: New York Theater, 1850-1970

  • Reference PN 2277 .N5 .J33 H57 2008
    • Images from the Billy Rose Theatre Division, NYPL  Performing Arts

Musical Comedy: A Story in Pictures

  • Reference ML 89 .M36 .M87 1970

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Revised, third edition.

  • Reference PE 1625 O94 2010
    • Traces origins of words in historical context

Rough Guide to Film and Musicals

  • Reference PN 1995.9 .M86 .P37 2007
    • This reviews 50 essential musicals, including several forgotten gems.

The New York Stage: Famous Productions in Photographs

  • Reference PN 2277 .N5 .A67 1976
    • 148 photographs from 1883-1939

TheatreMania Guide to Musical Theatre Recordings

  • Reference ML 156.4 .M8 .T44 2004
    • Reviews of over 1,000 Cast Albums

Tin Pan Alley: the composers, the songs, the performers and their times: the golden age of American popular music 1886-1956.

  • Reference ML 3477.8 .N5 .J37 T56 1988

Who Sang What on Broadway, 1866-1996 (2 volumes)

  • Reference ML 107 .N5 .B46 W46 2006
    • lists alphabetically every performer who sang on Broadway in the role of a named character, earning mention in the program of a musical or revue
    • Each performer's entry includes their date and place of birth, date of death, marital status, names of performing relatives or partners appearing in the book, and brief career highlights.