Waterwell will present BLUEPRINT SPECIAL on Intrepid

10/26/2016 3:02pm

Waterwell (Arian Moayed & Tom Ridgely, Artistic Dirs) have announced the revival of the Blueprint Specials, a series of lost WWII-era musicals composed principally by Broadway legend Frank Loesser to be presented in association with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. The production will star LauraOsnesand WillSwensonand be directed by TomRidgely. Additional casting will be a combination of civilian artists and U.S. Military Veterans. The original choreography for the Blueprint Specials by modern dance giant José Limón will be reconstructed by José Limón Dance Foundation Artistic Director Colin Connor and Limón Dance Company dancers. Originally conceived in 1944-45 by the Special Services Division of the War Department, the Blueprint Specials were created by virtual Who’s Who of 20th century American entertainers. Alongside Loesser were writer Arnold M Auerbach and choreographer José Limón. Additional lyrics were contributed by Hy Zaret and the dance numbers were composed by Alex North. The Blueprints were conceived as what Special Services described as “a novel and very practical service for soldiers who wish to put on good GI shows for GI audiences”. Called “Blueprints” once they’d been written and tried-out, the Army packaged and distributed them as a complete script, score/orchestrations, scenic & costume drawings, plus instructions for how to put on the show. As such these extraordinary works can be seen and heard today exactly as their creators intended. The show will feature Music Direction by Sonny Paladino, Choreography by Patrick McCollum, Settings & Costumes by Andrea Lauer and Lighting by Greg Goff. The show will play six perfs on the hangar deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum beginning Fri Jan 6, 2017 (to 1/11). For tickets, please visit www.intrepidmuseum.org/blueprintspecials. Press contact: DKC/O&M (212/695-7400)...