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Close-Ups in The Vincent Astor Gallery

Romeo & Juliet and
West Side Story

The section opens with a display of annotated scripts, screenplays and scores for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Images of Verona's tragic lovers will include watercolors by E. H. Sothern of the production in which he co-starred with Julia Marlowe and designs by Eugene Berman for Antony Tudor's ballet. The doomed participants in more recent adaptations are also featured. Designs, photographs and rehearsal notes by Jerome Robbins represent the Broadway and film versions of West Side Story, which is set in the area that is now Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The exhibit ends with photographs documenting the original and transformed facilities of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Design by Eugene Berman for Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (choreographic work: Antony Tudor)
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Watercolor by E. H. Sothern of Sothern-Marlowe production of Romeo and Juliet, 1904
Billy Rose Theatre Collection
Julia Marlowe and E.H. Sothern
Autographed title page of film script for Romeo and Juliet (MGM, 1936)
Visible are autographs from Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Basil Rathbone and Edna May Oliver.
Billy Rose Theatre Collection
West Side Story
Photograph by Fred Fehl of "Dance in the Gym" scene,
Lee Theodore on the floor and Mickey Callen in the air
by permission of the photographer
Jerome Robbins Dance Division

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