Presented in association with the League of Professional Theatre Women, Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance will showcase the work of 140 women whose designs have been an integral part of Broadway, opera and dance.
The exhibit, which traces the influence of female designers from 1890 to present day, includes Caroline Siedle's 1897 costume illustrations for The Belle of New York, as well as sketches for the lavish designs for the revues at the Hippodrome, the Roxy and the Greenwich Village Follies.
Among the costume items on display will be the gown in which Constance Towers' Anna waltzed with Yul Brynner's King to "Shall We Dance?"; Glinda's blue Dior-inspired number from Wicked; Richard Burton's casual Hamlet garb; Hume Cronyn's ass's head (as Bottom at Stratford, Ontario); and the wings from Angels in America.
Set models and designs from Spring Awakening, In the Heights, Avenue Q, Tom Sawyer and An American Tragedy are also included in the multimedia exhibit that features video interviews with the designers, lighting plots, research notes, fabric swatches, costume bibles, production photographs, props, correspondence and performance videos.
Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance will be on display through May 2, 2009, in the NYPL's Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. Admission is free. For further information, phone (212) 870-1630 or visit NYPL.