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Internet Broadway Database

On the way home from the theater tonight, Kathleen asked who had written a play we'd both enjoyed many years ago entitled "The End of the World, with Symposium to Follow", and this caused me to wonder, rhetorically, why there wasn't a theater equivalent to the Internet Movie Database. Oh, well, I thought, the masses just don't care about the theater like they do the movies.

I knew that the person who'd written "End of the World" had also written the quirky "Oh Dad, Poor Dad (Momma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad)", but try as I might, I couldn't quite come up with his name.

Once I got home, I naturally Googled up the answer pretty quickly (Arthur Kopit, of course), but much more importantly I also accidentally Googled upon the answer to my earlier rhetorical query.

The Internet Broadway Database isn't as "broad" in its coverage as I'd like (it'd be great if it also covered all of the major regional theaters in the United States, for example, let alone the rest of the world), but it's still a wonderful find. Most major plays (and playwrights) eventually find their way to Broadway, so many of the most useful queries still work fine there.

Cool! What shall I rhetorically wonder about next?


You should wonder about world peace and an end to famine, of course. Or wonder about why there isn't a million dollars in my back pocket.

Well that's the most helpful link I've learned of this week! Thanks so much!