New Broadway film and photo exhibition at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

An essential resource for everyone with an interest in exploring the history of theater, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center houses one of the world’s most extensive collections in its field, available free of charge for viewing and research. Two new offerings this month are a must-see for Broadway aficionados – the film of a groundbreaking musical from the 2023 Broadway season and an exhibition of iconic production shots captured by two renowned Broadway photographers.

The cast of How to Dance in Ohio. Photo by Curtis Brown

How to Dance in Ohio – A live full-stage performance of the musical – inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name – was filmed in February 2024, during its Broadway run at the Belasco Theatre, by the Library’s Theatre on Film and Tape Archive, and can be viewed by anyone with a library card. Originally developed with the late Harold Prince and dedicated to his instrumental work on the project, the uplifting show follows the coming-of-age journey of a real-life group of young autistic adults preparing for their first-ever formal dance.

With a book and lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik, music by Jacob Yandura, choreography by Mayte Natalio, and direction by Sammi Cannold, the production features a lead cast of seven autistic actors (Desmond Luis Edwards, Amelia Fei, Madison Kopec, Liam Pearce, Imani Russell, Conor Tague, and Ashley Wool), all in their impressive Broadway debuts, along with Broadway veterans Caesar Samayoa, Cristina Sastre, Darlesia Cearcy, and more, in an important and entertaining work that gives a voice to autistic people, who are not often heard, or seen, on the Broadway stage.

Photos by Joan Marcus and Carol Rosegg.

Photo Call: The Theater Photos of Joan Marcus and Carol Rosegg – Now through Saturday, September 28, you can explore an extensive selection of the many theater productions photographed by Joan Marcus and Carol Rosegg over the past four decades, revealing fascinating stories behind the famous images. The exhibition, presented in the Library’s Vincent Astor Gallery, highlights some of the biggest hits of Broadway and Off-Broadway since the 1980s, including Avenue Q, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Finding Neverland, Hamilton, Les Misérables, The Lion King, and Wicked.

Curated by Doug Reside (Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator of the Billy Rose Theatre Division) in collaboration with Marcus and Rosegg, Photo Call is the first major exhibition of the two photographers, who shared a studio in Chelsea for many years while building their own separate careers.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (entrance at 111 Amsterdam, between 64th and 65th Streets), NYC. The Library is open during the regular hours of 10:30 am-6 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and 10:30 am-8 pm on Monday and Thursday, and is closed on Sunday.


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