Here's a dictionary of the lingo traders like to use.
- 1NT, 2NT = 1st National Tour, 2nd National Tour, etc
- Alt = Alternate
- Bway = Broadway
- e/c = Emergency Cover
- Eve = Evening
- g/p = Guest Performer
- LT = Limited Trade
- Mat = Matinee
- NFT = Not For Trade
- OBC = Original Broadway Cast
- s/w = Swing
- st/by, s/b = Standby
- t/r = Temporary Replacement
- u/s = Understudy
- WE = West End
1st Generation, 1st Gen
1st Generation, 1st Gen
- Means that the recording was received directly from the master. This term is fairly antiquated. It was more popular back when people used VHS and Cassette Tapes to trade. Copying cassettes onto other cassettes meant a dilution in quality with each generation, so it used to be important to mark how far removed from the original it was.
- Audio of only the instrumentals without the actor's singing.
- Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Actors sometimes give speeches on behalf of this nonprofit after the show.
- A Bootleg. Especially a video.
- Usually refers to a link to a recording that no longer works.
- At the end of a performance, actors line up at the stage and bow to the audience.
- Usually refers to an actor's final performance, or the show's final performance.
- Refers to a recording given as a gift.
- When a recording only includes clips of some significant moments in the show (such as songs). An incomplete recording.
- A trader will only trade out a recording labelled with this for a higher ratio, or for their wants. It varies from trader to trader. This label has become unpopular.
- Refers to how many cameras were used to record the video.
- Usually refers to an actor or show's second-to-last performance.
- A professional recording of a production. This usually (but not always) means the recording is great quality.
- Shows with slight adjustments to the sound & lighting to make them less overwhelming. You'll likely hear noises (and maybe responding to questions) in these recordings, as the audience is permitted to talk/vocalize. Autistic Jellicle Cat has many audio masters of Broadway's relaxed performances.
- Shows which do not follow the format of the original production. Examples include: using new costume designs, changing which characters perform certain parts of the show, and sometimes making significant cuts to the material. They may be fully professional, in repertoire with other productions, or performed by regional companies.
- It means that a the link to a recording the trader used to use no longer works and they are searching for another.
- An audio recording taken directly from the actor's mics.
- The audio has been separated into different songs and into different acts. An audio separated only by acts is not considered tracked.
- An audio that isn't Tracked. Audios split into different acts are untracked.
- A random person does a small role in a show. Usually a member of the audience, or a person who won the role through a sweepstakes.