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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

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Museum of Broadway extends popular exhibit celebrating Al Hirschfeld's 120th birthday

The Museum of Broadway recently announced that their inaugural special exhibit, The American Theatre as seen by Hirschfeld, has been extended due to popular demand and will now run through June 21st, 2023, which is Al Hirschfeld's 120th birthday. The exhibit takes visitors through nine decades of Hirschfeld’s iconic images of theater in the US, featuring twenty-five drawings and prints from 1928 to 2002. Curated by David Leopold, Creative Director of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, the exhibit was created exclusively for the Museum of Broadway and opened in November 2022.

Concurrently with the final seven weeks of the exhibit, the Museum of Broadway will host a series of free public programming created in conjunction with The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, including talks on the artist's life and work, his reflections on and contributions to The Tonys, and a hunt through history to find the hidden NINAs in his drawings.

The American Theatre as seen by Hirschfeld exhibit can be viewed at the Museum of Broadway, and entry is included with the purchase of any museum ticket. The exhibit showcases Hirschfeld’s iconic barber chair, where he drew all the finished drawings in his career, as well as portraits of Meryl Streep, Julie Andrews, Stephen Sondheim, Liza Minnelli, and John Leguizamo, many of them signed by their subjects.

The Museum of Broadway, which opened to the public on November 15, 2022, is located in the heart of Times Square at 145 W. 45th St and is the first-ever permanent museum dedicated to the storied history and legendary artistry of Broadway musicals, plays, and theatres. Tickets for the Museum of Broadway can be purchased at, starting at $34, and a portion of every ticket sold will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Student and senior rates are available, as well as special $25 timed tickets on the first Tuesday of every month. Group and special event pricing is available upon request.

Overall, The American Theatre as seen by Hirschfeld is a unique exhibit that celebrates the life and work of a legendary artist whose contributions to the theatre world continue to be celebrated and enjoyed to this day. Visitors can expect to be taken on a journey through the history of Broadway and to gain a new appreciation for the artistry that goes into bringing a production to life. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience this exhibit and the Museum of Broadway's other offerings.

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