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Holy crap! so many great posters out there... its hard to retain information about everyone. Since were talking about designing for theater and music posters, I searched for just those designs on the internet. I found a really cool image from the movie fiddler on the roof
http://www.footlightsgallery.com/imagelg/fiddler2.jpg>
It has a great contrast of positive and negative space, its not too busy, and has a very playful feel to it in terms of imagery and type, just like most of the movie is. Some things I have noticed throughout theater, film series, and music posters are alot of scrapbooking type, bubble (lmost cloud-like 60's vintage) type, and do not rely too heavily on a grid, however alot of vibrant colors and symmetry, especially with the music posters. some decent examples can be found at

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/Static.aspx?Type=Category/Category_CA.htm&CategoryID=CA