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Patrick W. Farmer musical theater collection

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Physical Description

.5 l.f. including        

  • 15 analog cassette tapes (TCA-0029 - TCA-0040)        
  • 1 volume


1986-1987 [1940's-1980's]  


Copying and/or use of the interviews with Patricia Birch, Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz and Charles Strouse is restricted; please consult Center staff for additional information.  


This material was produced/collected in the fall of 1986 and the spring of 1987 by Patrick W. Farmer, at that time a member of the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  

Scope and Content

Analog audio cassette tapes of interviews withPatricia Birch; Jane Connell; William Hammerstein; Sheldon Harnick; Hal Linden; Donna McKechnie; Mary Rogers; Harold Rome; Harvey Schmidt; Stephen Schwartz; Joseph Stein; and Charles Strouse conducted by Patrick Farmer 14-20 March 1987 in New York city. Transcripts of the interviews with Donna McKechnie and Harold Rome.  

Also brief biographical notes on each interviewee;35 mm negatives and contact prints of interview subjects; and letter to and response from choreographer Agnes deMille discussing her work on Broadway.  

"Broadway Musicals". 87 page annotated list of 342 Broadway musicals, arranged alphabetically by title of show, compiled by Patrick W. Farmer, fall 1986. Each entry includes information on composer, lyricist, director, producer, theater, opening date, length of run, and available sound recording(s) and a brief plot summary and/or other highlights. Includes indices by lyricist and by composer.  

List of 342 Broadway musicals arranged alphabetically by composer with annotation on label and issue number of sound recording(s) available compiled by Patrick W. Farmer, fall 1986. Subsequently annotated by Richard Gordon to indicate Center for Popular Music holdings of each show as of December 1989.    


Transcripts, correspondence, biographical sketches, and annotated lists of musicals are filed by accession number with other manuscript groups. Audio tapes are filed by tape number in the audio visual archives. Photographs are filed in the subject photograph file under "Musicals".  

Related Materials

A duplicate copy of "Broadway Musicals" is shelved with musical theater monographs. A duplicate copy of the annotated list of sound recordings is filed in the subject vertical file under "Musicals". Project administrative records, including proposals and reports by Farmer, correspondence between Farmer and Center director Paul Wells, correspondence between Farmer and potential and actual interview subjects, and interview release forms, are filed with the collection accession file.  

Collection Contents

Patricia Birch  TCA-0040

Jane Connell    TCA-0030

William Hammerstein   TCA-0033

Sheldon Harnick   TCA-0032A/B

Hal Linden      TCA-0035

Donna McKechnie   TCA-0036

Mary Rogers     TCA-0037

Harold Rome     TCA-0038

Harvey Schmidt  TCA-0039A/B

Stephen Schwartz   TCA-0029

Joseph Stein    TCA-0034

Charles Strouse   TCA-0031A/B


Music research, Popular music


Farmer, Patrick W.


Birch, Patricia, Connell, Jane, Hammerstein, William, Harnick, Sheldon, Linden, Hal, McKechnie, Donna, Rogers, Mary, Rome, Harold, Schmidt, Harvey, Schwartz, Stephen, Strouse, Charles

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