Skip to Search





A Guide to the Lillian Schneider Bartell Playbill Collection

Finding aid created by Jim Liversidge

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

September 2003 (Updated May 2019)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bartell, Lillian Schneider, 1911-1983. (col)
Title: Lillian Schneider Bartell Playbill Collection
Dates: 1939-1974
Abstract: Theatre playbills, primarily for Broadway productions but also for productions off-Broadway and in Florida.
Extent: 1 Linear Feet. 1 Box.
Identification: ufbartell
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

(The following was written, in June of 2003, by Joel Gardner, an oral historian and nephew of Lillian Schneider Bartell. The Bartell Playbill Collection was donated to the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts by Mr. Gardner.)

Lillian Schneider Bartell was born September 25, 1911, in New York City, to Samuel and Rose Apter Schneider. They were immigrants from Dvinsk, in Latvia, who met at a "landsmannschaft" in New York and married there. Lillian married Jack Gottlieb, owner of a shirt-manufacturing business, in 1938, and gave birth to Rosalind Sue Gottlieb on February 1, 1940. They lived first in Inwood, in upper Manhattan, then moved to East 190th Street in the Fordham section of the Bronx. Their art deco apartment and building were in a neighborhood that was home to many middle and upper-middle class Jews at the time and has been memorialized in the works of writers such as Richard Price and Jerome Charyn. Alexander's Department Store, at the corner of Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse, anchored a thriving community of restaurants and shops, as well as the Paradise Theatre, a local wonder.

Jack Gottlieb retired briefly to Miami Beach with his family following the war, but he returned to New York and to his business. Rosalind attended the Bronx High School of Science and Cornell University, where she majored in biology and, following graduation, worked with Prof. Thomas Eisner, with whom she co-wrote several publications in scholarly journals. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1971 and, after years of debilitating illness, died in 1997.

Lillian married Sam Bartell in 1965, and they retired, in 1973, to Deerfield Beach, where they cared for Rosalind. Sam suffered from emphysema and died in 1982. Lillian died of a heart attack in October 1983, shortly after her 72nd birthday.

As her collection of playbills demonstrates, Lillian Bartell took advantage of New York's cultural life throughout her two marriages. The collection begins in 1939, shortly after her marriage to Jack Gottlieb, and continues through 1974, even after she moved to Florida. the range is remarkable, but probably typical of her background and interests: despite having only a high school education, she was a voracious and literate reader, and she was clearly as interested in serious drama as comedy and musical comedy. All are represented here: Shakespeare and Shaw, Odets and Simon, Rodgers with both Hart and Hammerstein.

In addition to the Broadway productions (and a few off-Broadway), the collection includes several special Actors Equity programs and programs from the Metropolitan Opera. One item, the program for the opening of Lincoln Center, deserves special note. It was designed by Irving Spellins, a well-known graphic artist and designer, who was Lillian's (and my mother's ) maternal first cousin.

I hope that this collection provides fodder for scholars beyond the theatre arts, but the fact that it will be whole and discrete is important to me. in a way, it is an important part of a woman's intellectual history, and what could be more enlightening than that?


Scope and Content

The collection is arranged in chronological order with "Play Title" followed by "Cast".


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lillian Schneider Bartell Playbill Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Collected by Lillian Schneider Bartell and donated by her nephew Joel R. Gardener.


Contents List

Box
1 Leave It to Me - William Gaxton, Victor Moore. 1939
1 The American Way - Frederic March, Florence Eldridge. 1939
1 Hellzapoppin - Olsen and Johnson. 1939
1 Metropolitan Opera -Grand Sunday Night Program - Hilda Burke, Zinka Milanov. 1941
1 Mr. and Mrs. Noah - Peggy Conklin, Albert Hackett. 1941
1 The Corn is Green - Ethel Barrymore, Rhys Williams. 1941
1 Native Son - Canada Lee, Ray Collins. 1941
1 Snookie - Eddie Nugent, J.C. Nugent. 1941
1 Pal Joey - Gene Kelly, Vivienne Degal. 1941
1 Panama Hattie - Ethel Merman, Arthur Treacher. 1941
1 Arsenic and Old Lace - Boris Karloff, Allyn Joslyn. 1941
1 Life With Father - Howard Lindsey, Dorothy Stickney. 1941
1 Metropolitan Opera - Otello - Giovanni Martinelli, Lawrence Tibbitt. 1941-1942
1 Star and Garter - Bobby Clark, Gypsy Rose Lee. 1942
1 Sons O' Fun - Olsen and Johnson, Carmen Miranda. 1942
1 Porgy and Bess - Todd Duncan, Anne Brown. 1942
1 Metropolitan Opera - Grand Sunday Night Program - Licia Albanese, Hilda Burke. 1942
1 One Touch of Venus - Mary Martin, Kenny Baker. 1943
1 Land of Fame - Whitford Cane, Stefan Schnabel. 1943
1 Oklahoma - Betty Garde, Alfred Drake. 1943
1 Let's Face It - Danny Kaye, Vivian Vance. 1943
1 Early to Bed - Muriel Angelus, Richard Kollmar. 1943
1 Counterattack - Morris Carnovsky, Barbara O' Neil. 1943
1 Othello - Paul Robeson, Jose Ferrer. 1944
1 Jacobowsky and the Colonel - Louis Calhern, Oscar Karlweis. 1944
1 Bloomer Girl - Celeste Holm, Margaret Douglass. 1944
1 Carmen Jones - Muriel Smith, Muriel Rahn. 1944
1 On the Town - John Battles, Cris Alexander. 1945
1 Sing Out Sweet Land - Alfred Drake, Burl Ives. 1945
1 Are You With It? - Joan Roberts, Johnny Downs. 1945
1 Call Me Mister - Betty Garrett, George Irving. 1946
1 The Voice of the Turtle - Beatrice Pearson, Alan Baxter. 1946
1 Pygmalion - Gertrude Lawrence, Raymond Massey. 1946
1 The Heiress - Patricia Collinge, Basil Rathbone. 1947
1 Finian's Rainbow - Dorothy Claire, James L. O'Neill. 1947
1 For Love or Money - John Loder, Vicki Cummings. 1947
1 John Loves Mary - William Prince, Nina Foch. 1947
1 Brigadoon - David Brooks, Marion Bell. 1947
1 Annie Get Your Gun - Ethel Merman, Ray Middleton. 1947
1 Born Yesterday - Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas. 1947
1 High Button Shoes - Phil Silvers, Nanette Fabray. 1948
1 Make Mine Manhattan - Sid Caesar, David Burns. 1948
1 The Big Knife - John Garfield, Nancy Kelly. 1949
1 Goodbye, My Fancy - Madeleine Carroll, Conrad Nagel. 1949
1 The Silver Whistle - Jose Ferrer, Eleanor Wilson. 1949
1 As You Like It - Katherine Hepburn, William Prince. 1950
1 South Pacific - Mary Martin, Ray Middleton. 1950
1 Make a Wish - Nanette Fabray, Stephen Douglass. 1951
1 Guys and Dolls - Robert Alda, Vivian Blaine. 1951
1 Wish You Were Here - Sheila Bond, Jack Cassidy. 1952
1 Affairs of State - June Havoc, Reginald Owen. 1952
1 Mr. Pickwick - George Howe, Estelle Winwood. 1952
1 The King and I - Yul Brynner, Constance Carpenter. 1953
1 The Teahouse of the August Moon - David Wayne, John Forsythe. 1953
1 Picnic - Ralph Meeker, Janice Rule. 1953
1 Time Out for Ginger - Melvyn Douglas, Polly Rowles. 1953
1 Hazel Flagg - Helen Gallagher, Thomas Mitchell. 1953
1 On Your Toes - Vera Zorina, Bobby Van. 1954
1 All Summer Long - John Kerr, Ed Begley. 1954
1 Can-Can - Lilo, Peter Cookson. 1954
1 Dial "M" for Murder - Maurice Evans, Margaret Phillips. 1954
1 Fanny - Ezio Pinza, Walter Slezak. 1954
1 Inherit the Wind - Paul Muni, Ed Begley. 1955
1 The Flowering Peach - Menasha Skulnik, Berta Gersten. 1955
1 The Desperate Hours - Karl Malden, Nancy Coleman. 1955
1 Witness for the Prosecution - Francis L. Sullivan, Patricia Jessel. 1955
1 Anniversary Waltz - Macdonald Carey, Marjorie Lord. 1955
1 The Wisteria Trees - Helen Hayes, Ella Raines. 1955
1 Tonight in Samarkand - Louis Jordan, Jan Farrand. 1955
1 The Sleeping Prince - Michael Redgrave, Barbara Bel Geddes. 1956
1 Cat On a Hot Tin Roof - Barbara Bel Geddes, Burl Ives. 1956
1 The Pajama Game - John Raitt, Eddie Foy, Jr.. 1956
1 My Fair Lady - Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews. 1956
1 The Desk Set - Shirley Booth, Frank Milan. 1956
1 Girls of Summer - Shelley Winters, Pat Hingle. 1956
1 The Diary of Anne Frank - Joseph Schildkraut, Susan Strasberg. 1956
1 A Hatful of Rain - Shelley Winters, Ben Gazzara. 1956
1 The Ponder Heart - David Wayne, Una Merkel. 1956
1 Mr. Wonderful - Sammy Davis, Jr., The Will Mastin Trio. 1956
1 West Side Story - Carol Lawrence, Larry Kert. 1957
1 Bells are Ringing - Judy Holliday, Sydney Chaplin. 1957
1 Orpheus Descending - Maureen Stapleton, Cliff Robertson. 1957
1 Jamaica - Lena Horne, Ricardo Montalban. 1957
1 Oh, Captain! - Tony Randall, Abbe Lane. 1958
1 Goldilocks - Don Ameche, Elaine Stritch. 1958
1 A Majority of One - Gertrude Berg, Cedric Hardwicke. 1959
1 A Raisin in the Sun - Claudia McNeil, Ossie Davis. 1959
1 Greenwillow - Anthony Perkins, Cecil Kellaway. 1960
1 Carnival - Anna Maria Alberghetti. 1961
1 Tenderloin - Maurice Evans, Ron Husmann. 1961
1 Irma La Douce - Elizabeth Seal, Clive Revill. 1961
1 My Fair Lady - Michael Evans, Margaret Moser. 1962
1 No Strings - Richard Kiley, Diahann Carroll. 1962
1 Never Too Late - Paul Ford, Orson Bean. 1963
1 The Millionairess - John McMartin, Gene Wilder. 1963
1 The Girl Who Came To Supper - Jose Ferrer, Florence Henderson. 1964
1 Enter Laughing - Vivian Blaine, Alan Mowbray. 1964
1 The Philadelphia Orchestra - Leopold Stokwoski - Conductor. 1964-1965
1 Fiddler on the Roof - Zero Mostel, Maria Karnilova. 1965
1 Baker Street - Fritz Weaver, Inga Swenson. 1965
1 Luv - Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson. 1965
1 The Owl and the Pussycat - Diana Sands, Alan Alda. 1965
1 La Grosse Valise - Ronald Fraser, Victor Spinetti. 1965
1 The Banker's Daughter - Helena Scott, Lloyd Grough. 1965
1 Dinner at Eight - Robert Burr, Mindy Carson. 1966
1 Mame - Angela Lansbury, Beatrice Arthur. 1966
1 Skyscraper - Julie Harris, Peter L. Marshall. 1966
1 Man of La Mancha - Richard Kiley, Irving Jacobson. 1966
1 Carmen - Roger Ingham, Daniel Anaya. 1966
1 Cabaret - Jill Haworth, Joel Grey. 1967
1 Cactus Flower - Lauren Bacall, Barry Nelson. 1967
1 Black Comedy - Geraldine Page, Jordan Christopher. 1967
1 Ilya, Darling - Melina Mercouri, Orson Bean. 1967
1 Brief Lives - Roy Dotrice. 1967
1 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Zoe Caldwell, Paddy Croft. 1968
1 How Now Dow Jones - Anthony Roberts, Marlyn mason. 1968
1 Plaza Suite - E.G. Marshall, Barbara Baxley. 1969
1 The Great White Hope - Yaphet Kotto, George Matthews. 1969
1 Forty Carats - Julie Harris, Marco St. John. 1969
1 Story Theatre - Peter Bonerz, Hamid Hamilton Camp. 1970
1 Applause - Lauren Bacall, Len Cariou. 1970
1 Butterflies Are Free - Rosemary Murphy, Kipp Osborne. 1970
1 1776 - William Daniels, Paul Hecht. 1970
1 Last of the Red Hot Lovers - James Coco, Linda Lavin. 1970
1 Hair - Robin McNamara, Roger Cruz. 1971
1 The Rothschilds - Hal Linden, Paul Hecht. 1971
1 Two by Two - Danny Kaye, Harry Goz. 1971
1 Butley - Alan Bates, Hayward Morse. 1972
1 The Prisoner of Second Avenue - Art Carney, Barbara Barrie. 1972
1 Night Watch - Joan Hackett, Len Cariou. 1972
1 Sleuth - Paul Rogers, Keith Baxter. 1972
1 No, No Nanette - Ruby Keeler, Bobby Van. 1972
1 Two Gentlemen of Verona - Clifton Davis, Raul Julia. 1972
1 A Little Night Music - Glynis Johns, Len Cariou. 1973
1 The Jockey Club Stakes - Wilfred Hyde-White, Robert Coote. 1973
1 No Hard Feelings - Eddie Albert, Nanete Fabray. 1973
1 That Championship Season - Richard A. Dysart, Walter McGinn. 1973
1 The Sunshine Boys - Jack Gilford, Lou Jacobi. 1973
1 Good Evening - Peter Cook, Dudley Moore. 1974
1 The Good Doctor - Christopher Plummer, Rene Auberjonois. 1974
1 Lorelei - Carol Channing, Peter Palmer. 1974
1 Pippin - Eric Berry, Ben Vereen. 1974
1 Moiseyev Dance Company - Tatiana Afonia, Lev Golovanov. 1974
1 Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet - Nina Sorokina, Aleksander Godunov. 1974
1 The National Ballet of Canada - Rudolph Nureyev, Vanessa Harwood. 1974

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Actors' Equity Association.
American drama.
Broadway (New York, N.Y.)
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State) -- New York.
New York (State).
Off-Broadway theater.
Playbills.




For further information, please contact: Special Collections Access Services.

University of Florida Home Page