Frank Verlizzo, Famed "Fraver" of Theatrical Poster Fame, Joins Eliran Murphy Group

News   Frank Verlizzo, Famed "Fraver" of Theatrical Poster Fame, Joins Eliran Murphy Group
Frank Verlizzo, the theatre poster legend who signs his work with the moniker "Fraver," has joined the Eliran Murphy Group Ltd. as senior vice president. Verlizzo will assume his new post Nov. 3.
Frank Verlizzo's The Lion King Playbill design.
Frank Verlizzo's The Lion King Playbill design.

Any theatregoer who has visited Broadway in the last 30 years knows Verlizzo's work. And several of his designs are so well known that they are familiar to people who have never seen the shows they advertised. Among these are the macabre pen-and-ink caricatures of the Sweeney Todd poster; the half-human, half-painting strollers from the Sunday in the Park with George placard; the eyes-and-blood stained-text make-up of the Deathtrap design, and the bold gold and black lion graphic which graces every The Lion King Playbill. Verlizzo has a special connection with Stephen Sondheim. In fact, he wrought the posters for all six shows in The Kennedy Center’s recent Sondheim celebration. He is currently at work on designs for the Kennedy Center's upcoming Tennessee Williams' Celebration, due in the summer of 2004.

Other shows to Verlizzo's credits include The Invention of Love, Morning's at Seven, Fortune’s Fool, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Young Man From Atlanta, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Electra, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Dancing at Lughnasa, An Inspector Calls, Burn This, 'Master Harold'…and the boys, American Buffalo, Baby, Pacific Overtures, Lily Tomlin's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Whose Life is it Anyway? and My One and Only.

Verlizzo began his career, as many did, at the Blaine-Thompson Company. His signature is derived from the first three letters of his first and last names.

The Eliran Murphy Group Ltd. marketing and advertising agency handles such Broadway clients as Nine, Cabaret, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and The Caretaker.

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