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Wikipedia:The Musical in NYC was an editathon, Wikipedian meet-up and lecture that was held on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, as part of the Wikipedia Loves Libraries events being held across the USA.

  • Address: 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (64th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam avenues). Directions: Go towards the back of the plaza, around to the right of the Met opera house and just left of the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
  • Phone: (917) 275-6975
  • Time: Noon - 6 p.m.

The goal will be to improve Wikipedia articles and content related to WikiProject Musical Theatre. It's a great way to observe National Arts and Humanities Month.

Wikipedia! The Musical! at the NYPL website.

Sign up[edit]

Likely attendees[edit]

Possible attendees[edit]


  • Going to be in Florida watching a baby get christened. A fluffernutter is a sandwich! (talk) 14:46, 20 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Unlikely - I have commitments in Albany, New York that weekend. Bearian (talk) 16:57, 28 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Much as I'd like to make it, I have to spend the day preparing for the trauma section of my EMT course. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 21:34, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I'd love to attend. But I have some other commitments that day. Daniel Case (talk) 05:28, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I have tickets for the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. — Robert Greer (talk) 11:22, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Still trapped in Florida. ----DanTD (talk) 12:33, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Philadelphia election on November 8 has all my attention right now, but maybe I can contribute to the editing effort without leaving home. Early musical comedy is my favorite, hard to beat Berlin, Hammerstein, etc. --DThomsen8 (talk) 13:01, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Unable to attend in person, but will try to work remotely. DutchTreat (talk) 10:34, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Have to go to a wedding I'd rather stay away from. Bah. But if not, I'd be at work instead so I cannot complain.  ⊂| Mr.choppers |⊃  (talk) 08:08, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I just saw it today! When there's a soft redirect on a talk page, that would be good to follow it before posting a message! Face-smile.svg Antaya (talk) 09:36, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Can't make it - but all the very best to those that do...Modernist (talk) 21:36, 22 October 2011 (UTC)


Potential participants might want to investigate WikiProject Musical Theatre, in particular Articles Needing Creation as well as the section labeled "Things To Do." Please bring a laptop if you have one.

Despite the focus on musical theatre, anyone interested in the performing arts and allied fields can come and participate. That includes ballet, dance, all kinds of music, all kinds of theatre, film, television and radio. It can also include topics such as:

Wikipedians might also want to create/amplify articles that are in need of development on the topics of

See talk page of this article for clickable list of the WP:MUSICALS article assessment table. Most of the Musicals articles are Stubs or Start-class. They need more references and research - Let's try to bring some up to at least C-class.

Re: referencing: "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it's difficult to determine whether or not they are genuine." -- Abraham Lincoln


  • 12 noon-1 PM: Users will gather in the Film Study Room on the 3rd floor, get acquainted, get settled, etc.
  • 1 PM: Pharos, DGG and Ssilvers will talk for about 45 minutes on Wikipedia, How to develop an article, particularly a musical theatre article, and general goals of the day.
  • 1:45 PM: kosboot and 2 other library staff members will highlight particular collections or groups of materials that users might want to work on or use. We'll have a brief tour of the reference collection. Boxes from a few archival collections (such as those of Hal Prince and Katherine Hepburn) will be immediately available.
  • 2:15 PM (or whenever library staff is finished): Attendees start working on their own or in groups. More experienced Wikipedians will be available to coach those less experienced.

Pharos, DGG & Ssilvers will repeat their talk at 3 or 4 PM, or take questions, depending on demand. Library staff will be available throughout the day for consultations and advice.

Library card[edit]

All users should have a New York Public Library card. If you don't already have one, you can sign up here: Apply for a Library Card (choose the option "I Want to Pick Up My Card in Person").

Bring a digital camera[edit]

All photocopying requests must be vetted. Particularly if you're using clippings or old materials, library staff will need to do the photocopying. You are much better off bringing a digital camera and adhering to library policy on camera use (no flash and no tripods). You can photograph numerous pages and clippings using your own camera. Additionally, Wikipedians will be fortunate in being able to take advantage of the library's upcoming new policy on photographing documents and images. Additionally, taking photographs of activities is a nice way to document the day. -- kosboot (talk) 21:22, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Hashtag: #WLL11[edit]

The Twitter hashtag for the day will be: #WLL11 (upper or lowercase). -- kosboot (talk) 17:56, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

The hashtag can also be used to tag photographs posted to Flickr. -- kosboot (talk) 22:08, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

See also[edit]

Article Drive[edit]

Add articles you're working on today here:

Wow! Productive! -- Ssilvers (talk) 04:11, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Yay! Excellent projects! -- Ssilvers (talk) 04:11, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Oh! I'm sorry I didn't tell you previously: NYPL has all of Agnes de Mille's papers! -- kosboot (talk) 15:36, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
I think he might have been prepping to edit the articles at home. Ssilvers, were you sitting by him I think?--Pharos (talk) 23:40, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
Sorry, I don't know. -- Ssilvers (talk) 00:24, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
Oops that was me, please see links updated above.. --Noroi (talk) 06:02, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

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