STAGE PORTRAIT: Varla Jean Merman in Mildred Fierce
By Andrew Gans
Acclaimed illustrator Ken Fallin's drawings of the greatest stars and scenes of the theatrical world are a recurring part of Playbill.com.
This week Fallin captures Varla Jean Merman (pictured below) and Boston's Gold Dust Orphans in the New York premiere of Mildred Fierce — a sendup of the 1945 classic "Mildred Pierce" — which runs until Oct. 27 at Theater 80 St. Marks. The production is written by Ryan Landry.
Ken Fallin began his career as an illustrator by lovingly mimicking the style of the late, legendary Al Hirschfeld for the poster art for Forbidden Broadway. Since that time he has been a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal as well as The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and The New Yorker.
His work has illustrated major ad campaigns for American Express, Showtime and Belvedere Vodka. Most recently, he was nominated for a 2010 Emmy for his animated commercial for CNBC.
That Face: The Art of Ken Fallin — Broadway, Hollywood & Wall Street can currently be seen at Gallery New World Stages, 343 W. 49th St. Bernard Stote curates the one-man show.
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