Scene design for A Pair for Tonight, Opening Scene, in Dance Me a Song

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Artist: Jo Mielziner, American, 1901-1976
ca. 1950
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Object detail

Watercolor and graphite on paper
8 x 12in (20.3 x 30.5cm)
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Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
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Theatre production
Revue with lyrics by James Shelton and music by James Shelton and Herman Hupfeld. Produced at the Royale Theatre, New York, 1950.
Further information
Designer Jo Mielziner suggested the idea for the opening scene in the musical revue, Dance Me a Song. Titled "A Pair for Tonight," it portrayed the trials and tribulations of traffic in midtown Manhattan as a husband and wife make their way to the theatre in a taxi through a maze of construction.
Mielziner's settings were described as "beautiful" and "ingenious." However, the New York Times dismissed the revue's music and sketches as merely "mediocre," and Dance Me a Song closed after only 35 performances.
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