Friday, March 3, 2023

“The American Theatre As Seen By Hirschfeld"

From the Al Hirshfeld Foundation Facebook page.

The Museum of Broadway has extended its inaugural special exhibition, “The American Theatre As Seen By Hirschfeld,” through the end of March.

See works from every decade of Hirschfeld's career, sketchbooks, posters, albums...

The exhibition is created exclusively for the Museum of Broadway, and takes visitors through nine decades of Hirschfeld’s iconic images of theater in this country through twenty-five drawings and prints from 1928 to 2002. 

Visitors will be brought face to face with the original productions of Fiddler on the Roof, The Phantom of the Opera, The King and I, Sunday in the Park with George, Funny Girl, Ragtime, Beauty and the Beast, and Hairspray, among others. 

Hirschfeld drew more posters for Broadway shows than any other artist, and two walls are in the exhibition are dedicated to posters, programs and album covers. 

Visitors will also be able to see a replica of Hirschfeld’s barber chair, where he drew all the finished drawings in his career, as well as a selection of sketchbooks that he used to record his initial impressions of shows in out-of-town tryouts and previews. 

Portraits of Meryl Streep, Julie Andrews, Stephen Sondheim, Liza Minnelli and John Leguizamo, many of them signed by their subjects, will also be on display, and visitors will have the chance to create a Hirschfeld portrait of themselves with a new app created exclusively for this exhibition. 

There will also be Hirschfeld coloring pages available to make the exhibition fun for visitors of all ages.

There are also Hirschfeld images on display throughout the Museum, as befitting the man who historians have called “the logo of the American Theatre.”

Tickets for The Museum of Broadway can be purchased

These timed tickets start at $39, and a portion of every ticket sold will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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