Photo: Museum of Broadway
The Museum of Broadway (145 West 45th Street), an immersive and interactive theatrical experience devoted to musicals, plays, and the people who create them, has finally opened. More than 500 individual productions from the 1700s through the present are represented throughout the Museum’s three floors.
Guests will travel through a visual history of Broadway, highlighting groundbreaking moments and productions through a series of exhibits that showcase spectacular costumes, props, renderings, rare photos and videos. The Museum also celebrates the behind-the-scenes experience with “The Making of a Broadway Show” exhibit, created by famed architect and set designer David Rockwell.
The Museum will also feature a selection of special exhibits, the first of which is “The American Theatre as seen by Hirschfeld” which takes visitors through nine decades of legendary artist Al Hirschfeld’s iconic images of theater through 25 drawings and prints, dating from 1928 to 2002.
Visitors will be able to sit in a replica of Hirschfeld’s barber chair, where he drew all the finished drawings in his career, as well as view a selection of sketchbooks that he used to record his initial impressions of shows in out-of-town tryouts and previews. They will also have the chance to create a Hirschfeld portrait of themselves with a new app created exclusively for this exhibition.
Tickets for The Museum of Broadway can be purchased at https://www.themuseumofbroadway.com/tickets; portion of every ticket sold will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.