Theatre Museum to Open Exhibit on Times Square Theatres Jan. 11

News   Theatre Museum to Open Exhibit on Times Square Theatres Jan. 11 The Theatre Museum will open the exhibit “Times Square Theatres: A New Century/A New Style,” which will run Jan. 11-March 7, 2007, at the Municipal Art Society at 457 Madison Avenue.

The exhibition, which looks at the architecture of 20th-century Broadway theatres, opens with a wine and cheese reception at 6 PM on Jan. 10.

Other events include:

Jan. 29, 6:30 PM - 8 PM — A panel discussion entitled “What is the Future of Theatres on Broadway?” moderated by the theatre owner and producer Stewart F. Lane and featuring representatives from the major Broadway theatre owners.

Feb. 21, 6:30 PM - 8 PM — A lecture entitled “Another Op’ nin’, Another Theatre - Broadway's Evolution.” Craig Morrison, the exhibition’s curator and a theatre restoration architect and historian, “will discuss significant challenges facing architects building theatres during the 20th century and how those theatres flourished and matured,” according to the museum’s website.

March 3, 11 AM - 1 PM — A walking tour of Broadway theatres conducted by Timothy White, beginning on the steps of the New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. According to the museum’s website, “This exhibition explores Broadway theatre design from the last Victorian playhouse into the future through a historical journey reflecting society's developing trends and values. Showcasing 12 theatres, it begins at the turn of the century, when the New Amsterdam brought the rare Art Nouveau style to the developing district, and travels to the 1930s when Renaissance style was highly popular. It then explores Broadway's reaction to the movie industry, from planning techniques to the evocative romantic themes inspired by movie palaces. The exhibition notes the hiatus caused by the Depression as well as World War II and explores the new Broadway, where modern design and technology merged with a changing audience. It then proceeds to the future, when historic restoration and cutting-edge creativity will co-exist for Times Square theatres.”

The Theatre Museum was founded in 2003. The exhibit is at the Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Avenue at 51st Street in Manhattan. For more information call (212) 935-3960 or visit www.ttmnyc.org.

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