The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is hosting the exhibition that runs March 12-Aug. 12, featuring photographs, programs, scripts, costumes, personal effects, memorabilia, as well as audio and video.
As part of the event, numerous cultural institutions will celebrate Coward's work with evenings of song and presentations of his plays across the city.
An early treat is a staged reading of Design for Living March 5 at the Gershwin Hotel. It will feature Amy Rutberg, Kevin Collins and Keith Merrill, with Mary Ellen Ashley Anthony Newfield, Seth Duerr and harpist Erin Hill. Steve Ross will offer a musical opening.
Special events also include Curtain Up ... on Noël Coward, on March 19, designed and hosted by Barry Day, with Maria Aitken, Nancy Anderson, John Behlmann, Jim Dale, Rosemary Harris, Edward Hibbert, Sally Ann Howes and Laila Robins.
The Drama Bookshop will welcome Steve Ross, Simon Callow, Edward Hibbert and Dana Ivey for Coward & Co April 5; and the Acting Company will offer a staged reading of A Song at Twilight, directed by Maria Aitken and featuring Jayne Atkinson, Laila Robins and John Glover, on April 16 at Playwrights Horizons.
Nancy Anderson, Simon Jones and Steve Ross will join Barry Day for A Cavalcade of Coward, featuring live songs and video clips, April 23 at the Paley Center for Media.