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Curtain Up: Broadway Behind the Scenes

April 14 - September 1, 2012


Lyman Allyn Art Museum announces a new exhibition Curtain Up: Broadway Behind the Scenes: Costume, Set, and Lighting Designs from the Broadway shows The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Memphis, Hairspray, FELA, Avenue Q, and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, opening April 14 and on view through September 1, 2012.  This exhibition is curated by Producer Tom Viertel (The Producers, Young Frankenstein and Hairspray) and Lyman Allyn Art Museum Curator Nancy Stula.

Curtain Up: Broadway Behind the Scenes is installed throughout the second floor of the Museum. The exhibition explores the creative process behind the stunning visuals of Broadway shows.  Each show's set designs and costume designs, along with props and costumes, will be installed in individual galleries. In the Lobby, a puppet from Avenue Q "greets" visitors. 

The designers participating in this exhibition include: Robin Wagner, David Rockwell, David Gallo, Marina Draghici, Robert Wierzel, and William Ivey Long.  Both the designers and the producers (Tom Viertel, Sue Frost, Geoff Rich, Ruth and Stephen Hendel) of these shows will be interviewed and excerpts of these interviews will be accessible to visitors in the galleries, via their cell phones. A DVD will play an on-going loop of the "B rolls" of all of the Broadway shows represented, allowing the visitor to experience the final version of the collaboration between the designers on stage. 

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Programming, please click here

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(above: Installation photo on entry to the exhibition)


(above: William Ivey Long (b. 1947), Sketch for Tracy Terstriep as Money Girls costume for The Producers (2002), graphite, gouache, watercolor, sequins, rhinestones on Bristol board. Collection of the Artist)


(above: Robin Wagner (b. 1933), Set Design for The Producers, "Las Vegas Paris" drop cloth, Paint on paperboard, 13 x 30 inches. Collection of the artist)


(above: David Rockwell (b. 1956), Hairspray Stage Set maquette for Hairspray (2002), painted wood, foam core, plexiglas, plastic and acetate. Collection of the Rockwell Group

These final models are built to exactly create the look of the finished scenery. They are used by the designer to refine the set design and also as guides to the director and choreographer as they develop the staging of the show. They go on to be used as a guide for the scene shops as models for final paint and finish of the scenery.)


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