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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Curtain Up; Celebrating The Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London

What: Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London

Where: New York Library for the Performing Arts
            Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
            40 Lincoln Center Plaza
            (65th St. and Columbus Ave.)
             New York, New York

Who: All ages

When: Through June 30, 2017


Me - Curtain Up was a good experience. It was an exhibit at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts all about the theater in New York and London for the past 40 years. It was the most fun exhibit we've been to at the library. They had a giant Tony and a giant Olivier award. The Olivier award is England's equivalent of the Tony. They had clips from lots of shows. They even had stuff from a show called An Inspector Calls that my Mom's friend was in. There were models of sets from shows. They had lots of playbills. However, they were hanging them from the wall. It was cool except I didn't like that they were ruining the playbills by hanging them. They had a sound booth from one of the shows. You couldn't really make sounds though you could just look at it. They had posters from lots of different shows. They had costumes from shows. They had a pair of boots from Kinky Boots. They had lots of trivia. It was really cool because I love Broadway trivia! They were comparing stuff about the New York Theater to the London Theater. It was really interesting. It was the best exhibit ever, and I would really recommend seeing it if you get the chance before it closes on June 30.


Mom - Curtain Up is a theater lover's dream. The exhibit is full of theater memorabilia from both the New York and London stage including playbills, pictures, set models, costume sketches and more. There is even a replica of A Chorus Line's dance mirrors with a row of their gold finale hats overhead. There are plenty of show clips to watch and listen to as well. Shows covered in the exhibit include A Chorus Line, The Lion King, An Inspector Calls, War Horse and In the Heights and much more. The exhibit also provides interesting information comparing Broadway  (New York theater) and The West End  (London Theater). One interesting fact we learned while visiting the exhibit is that while the Broadway Theater is mostly contained within a few blocks London's Theater is much more spread out. We  also learned that although in New York playbills are free in London they are not. There are plenty more interesting facts to learn while visiting the exhibit way too many to go through all of them here. The exhibit is completely free, and you don't need a ticket or anything. Although you can go through at your own pace, if you are a true theater fan, expect to spend a long time there. While there are some parts of the exhibit that might bore young children, they might enjoy some of it including listening to clips of songs from of the shows represented especially shows like Matilda where they will get to see children like themselves performing on stage. The exhibit is open during regular library hours Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sundays.  It will be open through June 30 only.


For more information go to https://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/curtainup

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