Curtain Up: The creative process behind favorite Broadway shows. At Lyman Allyn now.

Theater buffs will love the new exhibit at New London’s Lyman Allyn Art Museum, especially if you’re interested in the creative process behind the curtain.  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 takes visitors through the design process of each show, with set and costume designs, props and costumes, as well as excerpts of interviews with each designer. You’ll also get to see B-roll of all the shows, playing on a DVD throughout the exhibit.

Designers participating include Robin Wagner, David Rockwell, David Gallo, Marina Draghici, Robert Wierzel, and William Ivey Long, as well as the producers of each show. Each production is highlighted in an individual gallery. And, you’ll be welcomed by an Avenue Q puppet in the lobby to direct you to the second floor.

There’s also special programming available May through July associated with this exhibit. Visit the website for more details and to make reservations:

  • Saturday, May 5, 3:00 pm: Q & A with Memphis Set Designer David Gallo, “Broadway Design: Past, Present and Future.”
Saturday, May 5, 8:00 – 11:00 pm:  Post-Gala Patron’s Party at The Garde.  Attend a performance of Young Frankenstein followed by cocktails with the cast.
Saturday, June 9, 2:00 – 4:30 pm “So You Want to be in Pictures:” For middle- and high-school students, a behind the scenes look at the world of theater and acting. Get a head shot taken by photographer Joe Standart, take part in an acting workshop with Francesca Webster, and take notes on the business side of acting with Charmagne Eckert.
  • Sunday, July 15, 1:00 pm: Broadway Producers Round Table at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford.  Moderated by Connecticut College Professor David Jaffe with Sue Frost (Memphis), Tom Viertel (Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, The Producers), Geoff Rich (Avenue Q), Stephen and Ruth Hendel (FELA). Free event.

Curtain Up is open now and will run through September 1.
If you’ve never visited Lyman Allyn, do it this summer. Along with Curtain Up, there are a number of other great exhibits and events happening, including Free First Saturdays, Children’s Film Festival: Broadway for Kids, and other cool stuff.

And while you’re here, check out New London’s downtown. Visit the Hygienic, grab a bite to eat at one of the coffee shops or restaurants, or take a walk along Ocean Beach.

William Ivey Long
Costume design for “The Producers”
Graphite, watercolor, gouache, glitter paint, sequins, rhinestones on Bristol board
24” x 19″ 2001
Collection of the artist, photograph courtesy of the artist
David Rockwell
Set Design for “Hairspray” (maquette)
Painted wood, foam core, plexiglas, plastic, acetate
25” x 34” x 19″ 2002
Collection of the artist, photograph courtesy of the artist
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