Stage & Story Gallery – Exhibitions
June – July 2007
Stage & Story Gallery Inaugural Exhibition
As its inaugural exhibition, Stage & Story Gallery raises the curtain on works by top American theatrical designers, with a selection of original drawings that explore the work of some of America’s leading contemporary set and costume designers in theater, opera, ballet, Broadway musicals, circus and television.
The featured artists include:
Gregg Barnes, winner of the Drama Desk Award for outstanding costume design for the Tony Award-winning musical Drowsy Chaperone. The gallery is exhibiting designs for Drowsy Chaperone and Legally Blonde—both currently playing on Broadway—and other hit productions, including Mame, Flower Drum Song and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Zack Brown, with costume and set designs for memorable Washington Opera and American Ballet Theatre productions such as Turandot, Pique Dame, The Merry Widow, The Tales of Hoffmann and Gaité Parisienne, plus designs for On your Toes, Animal Crackers, and Candide.
Alvin Colt, whose illustrious 60-year career is currently the object of a retrospective at the Museum of the City of New York Stage & Story is exhibiting costume designs for Broadway productions including Around the World (produced, written and directed by Orson Welles), Fanny and Broadway Follies, as well as rarely seen costume designs for television (CBS) and for automotive presentations by Oldsmobile and Buick.
Allen Moyer, whose set designs for the new production of Orfeo ed Euridice at the Metropolitan Opera were a Spring 2007 season highlight, seen here with set and costume designs for Glimmerglass and New York City Opera productions, including La Boheme and Don Pasquale, and Santa Fe Opera’s Agrippina.
Carrie Robbins, with costume designs for Hamlet, West Side Story and Mass, the opera by Leonard Bernstein.
Ed Wittstein, represented with costume designs for The Fantasticks and other Broadway musicals including Kean, Ulysees in Nighttown, and The Yearling.
Anita Yavich, with costume designs for recent and highly celebrated Metropolitan Opera productions of Les Troyens and Cyrano de Bergerac, Washington Opera’s Fidelio, Spoleto Festival’s Silver River and the Disneyland Hyperion Theatre production of Aladin
August – September 2007
Designing For The Berkshires
Opening Reception on Saturday, August 11, 4 to 6 pm with the presence of Arthur Oliver, Shakespeare & Company’s Resident Costume Designer and Highly Acclaimed Set Designer Carl Sprague who has designed extensively for Berkshire Theatre Festival
David Murin is represented with a spectacular ensemble of fourteen costume designs for Berkshire Theatre Festival’s production of Morning’s at Seven, an endearing portrait of small-town life in America in the 1930s. Many of Murin’s designs contain swatches of the fabrics used for the actual costumes, adding to the interest and value of these drawings. David Murin began designing for BTF in 1983, with a production of The Vinegar Tree and Morning’s at Seven is his 24th production for BTF.
Arthur Oliver is represented with stunning costume designs for Antony and Cleopatra at Shakespeare & Company —including costumes for Tina Packer as Cleopatra, Nigel Gore as Antony, and Ryan Winkles as Pompey. Arthur is Shakespeare & Company’s Resident Costume Designer and this is his 18th season with the company. Also on view are Oliver’s striking designs for Heaven and Hell, The Fantastical Temptation of the Seven Deadly Sins, a musical based on Joe Jackson’s concept album “Heaven and Hell,” in the world premiere at The Boston Conservatory, and other recent work.
Carl Sprague is represented with evocative set designs for Shakespeare & Company and Berkshire Theatre Festival as well as other Berkshires productions, including Hansel & Gretel for Berkshire Opera. Of special interest are Carl’s beautiful set designs for Antony and Cleopatra and for Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw, opening August 17 on The Main Stage at BTF.
July – August 2008
Fashion on Stage
Costume designs for theatre, opera, ballet, Broadway musicals and more.
Opening Reception on Saturday, July 5, 4 to 6pm, in conjunction with Opening Night at Tanglewood.
Embark on a fashion journey unlike any other, with an exhibition of spectacular original costume design drawings created by renowned American designers for critically acclaimed theatrical productions of the last three decades.
In Stage & Story’s imaginative version of the catwalk, the outfits and fashions span centuries, styles, and color palettes, from reality to fantasy and everywhere in between. The exhibition includes designs for:
- glamorous “couture” outfits for hit musicals such as Legally Blonde, Mame and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (costume designs by Gregg Barnes)
- exuberant red- and white-striped clown attire for the CBS 50th Anniversary On the Air celebration (by Alvin Colt)
- leather jackets complete with gang emblems for Iconic 1950s characters from West Side Story (by Carrie Robbins)
- sparkling gem-encrusted tutus and ball gowns for Live in Fairytopia, including Elina, sold with the limited edition Barbie doll that was created based on this costume (by Gregg Barnes)
- extravagant 1920s-era fashions for The Drowsy Chaperone (by Gregg Barnes)
- exotic jewel-studded outfits for Prince Ali, the Sultan, the magic carpet, and other characters in Disneyland’s Aladin (by Anita Yavich)
- oriental meets 1950s styles for a 2002 revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song (by Gregg Barnes)
- futuristic “Martian” inspired looks for 1960s Buick presentations (by Alvin Colt)
- swashbuckling 17th century French swordsmen in Cyrano de Bergerac (by Anita Yavich)
And this is just a small sampling of the sparkling and imaginative “fashions”… and shows on view at Stage & Story Gallery.