This Theater Fan is Collecting the Best Broadway Memories! (Passions - E2)

Some people are deeply attached to the things they love…. a memorable TV show, a favorite movie franchise, or their hometown sports team… and through unique collections of shoes, dolls, baseball cards….they stay connected and keep those memories near and dear to their heart. In this episode of the OGTV Series, Passions, you will meet Kerri Adler, a young New Yorker who has found a way to capture and relive the thrill she feels when the curtain rises and the bright lights come up on stages up and down the Theatre District, on Broadway.


Kerri is a passionate collector of Broadway Playbills… over 500 of them! She saw her first show, Phantom Of The Opera, when she was 7, and this started her life-long love affair with the theatre. She went occasionally through high school but it wasn't until she saw Rent that she was truly smitten. "I just fell in love. That was the first show that I went to see multiple times," she recalled. "I really enjoy the feeling that you get when you are in the theatre seeing a show. It's kind of an electricity… you can't imitate the feeling… it has to happen when you are there. There is really nothing like it."

Her collecting became a passion after college when she had the time and means to see more shows. Kerri soon discovered "stage-dooring", waiting outside the theatre for post-performance photos and autographs, which became a way to enhance each Playbill with personalized mementos. After seeing "Matilda The Musical", this post show ritual also led to a new friendship. Jake Lebowitz was also waiting for autographs when he and Kerri became the last 2 people at the stage door. "We started talking and then it kind of blossomed from that, " he recalled. "We've stayed very good friends ever since. It's our way of expressing our gratitude and love for everything Broadway."

As with everyone in this series, there is a strong undercurrent which drives their passion. For Kerri, the memories of these shows, these actors, and these moments in her life bring her so much pleasure. When it comes to Broadway, she knows what she feels. "It definitely has magic in it!"

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