For starting places for sources to be used in written reports, additional readings, or for the final project, Wilmeth, Variety Entertainment And Outdoor Amusements and my earlier book, American And English Popular Entertainment: A Guide To Information Sources (Gale Research, 1980) are useful. Both are out of print or stock, so copies will be available in Becker on reserve. They are also available in Reference in the Rock.
More recent sources are frequently cited in the syllabus. The Cambridge Guide To American Theatre, a useful reference work to own, includes many useful entries and up-to-date book sources. Far more extensive and up-to-date lists can be found in "Popular Entertainment: A Checklist of Representative Books Published Primarily in the United States Since 1977. Theatre History Studies 11 (1991): 151-65 and "Popular Entertainment: A New Checklist of Representative Books Published Primarily in the United States Since 1990. Theatre History Studies 18 (1998): 147-161.These were compiled to complement sources in the earlier publications.
Since the class enrollment is relatively small, I've not placed books on reserve in the Rock. If this becomes a problem, let me know.