Blueprint Specials OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Emon Hassan
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 6, 2017
    Closing:
    January 11, 2017

    Theater: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum / Pier 86, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    In the summer of 1944, engulfed by a war spread across three continents, the US Army made a foray into some unlikely territory: producing Broadway-style musicals. Created by a who’s who of 20th-century American entertainers, including composer Frank Loesser and choreographer José Limón, these remarkable artifacts were designed for soldiers to put on in the field as a way to boost morale. Now, Waterwell is excavating and reviving them as a collaboration between civilian artists and veterans. Tuneful, subversive, and disarmingly witty, the Blueprint Specials offer a fresh and surprising look at the intersection of conflict and culture.

    Starring Tony nominees Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde) and Will Swenson (Hair).

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Blueprint Specials

    'Blueprint Specials': What the Soldiers and Sailors May Have Seen in World War II Shows

    Charles Isherwood

    January 9, 2017: For the first time, you don’t have to be a member of the armed forces to see Blueprint Specials, a jaunty foray into a little-known footnote in American military history. A series of musicals intended to boost morale and entertain the troops during World War II, these forgotten shows (only four survive) have now been resurrected by the theater company Waterwell. The production — which combines elements of all of the extant shows — is being presented in association with (and on the hangar deck of) the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, as part of the Under the Radar festival.

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