Theater Collection at the Museum of the City of New York consists of over 190,000 accessioned objects documenting the history of theater in New York City. Focused primarily on the Broadway stage, the Collection contains photographs, prints, dr
awings, posters, sheet music, scores, props, costume and set design renderings, costumes, furniture, decorative arts, works-on-paper, and ephemera such as programs and broadsides. Highlights include original manuscripts from playwright Eugene O’Neill; design renderings from Donald Oenslager, Miles White, and Lucinda Ballard; collections from actors Katharine Cornell, Helen Hayes, Mary Martin, and Ethel Merman; the memorabilia of George and Ira Gershwin and Richard Rodgers; the working scores and scripts of George M. Cohan; large gifts from composers and lyricists Howard Dietz and Betty Comden; and, a significant collection on Yiddish theater. In 2017, the Museum adopted a revitalized vision for the Collection focused on New York based theatrical artists and work that speak to the distinctive character of New York City, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation.
National Gugak Center
Former name: National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts.
National Gugak Center is the headquarters of traditional Korean performing arts. Music is an essential part of Korean history, which stretches back over five millennia. The spirit of Korean music, the artistic expression of pleasure and excitement, is very much alive in the numerous performances given at National Gugak Center.