Internet Broadway Database
Type of site
Theatrical database
Available inEnglish
OwnerThe Broadway League
Launched20 November 2000; 23 years ago (2000-11-20)
Current statusActive

The Internet Broadway Database (IBDB) is an online database of Broadway theatre productions and their personnel. It was conceived and created by Karen Hauser in 1996 and is operated by the Research Department of The Broadway League, a trade association for the North American commercial theatre community.[1]


Karen Hauser, research director for the Broadway League, developed the Internet Broadway Database which launched in 1996 or 2001.[2][3] Prior to that, she served as the League's media director.[4] She has written on the economic health of Broadway and how it contributes to New York City's economy as well as that of the cities that touring productions visit.[5][6][7] Hauser co-produced the 2000 production of Keith Reddin's The Perpetual Patient.[8]


This comprehensive history of Broadway provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre in the 18th century up to today. Details include cast and creative lists for opening night and current day, song lists, awards and other interesting facts about every Broadway production. Other features of IBDB include an extensive archive of photos from past and present Broadway productions, headshots, links to cast recordings on iTunes or Amazon, gross and attendance information.

Its mission was to be an interactive, user-friendly, searchable database for League members, journalists, researchers, and Broadway fans.

The League recently[when?] added Broadway Touring shows to the database for ease of tracking shows that play in theatres across the country.

It is managed by Michael Abourizk of the Broadway League.


  1. ^ "IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on July 25, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Ostermiller, Hillary. "Research Guides: Musical Theatre: History & Bios". Retrieved 2023-10-01.
  3. ^ Curtis, Mary Jo (2007-04-21). "Everything You Wanted to Know About Broadway". Brown Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  4. ^ "New Study Reveals Economic Health of Touring Broadway". Broadway World. 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  5. ^ Hauser, Karen (February 2012). Broadway's Economic Contribution to NYC. Broadway League, Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-9846323-2-9.
  6. ^ Hauser, Karen (1999). Safety in Numbers: An Analysis of Group Sales Activity for Broadway Shows. League of American Theatres and Producers.
  7. ^ HAUSER, KAREN (2019-06-30). The Economic Impact of Touring Broadway. Broadway League, Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-9973744-7-6.
  8. ^ "The Perpetual Patient Is Discharged OOB, Aug. 12". Playbill. 2000-08-12. Retrieved 2023-09-30.