Scene design with McLevy's Window in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Maker and role
Artist: Jo Mielziner, American, 1901-1976
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Object detail

Watercolor, ink, and graphite on board
13 1/2 x 24in (34.3 x 61cm)
Credit line
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
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Theatre production
Musical with book by Betty Smith, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and music by Arthur Schwartz. Produced at the Alvin Theatre, New York, 1951.
Further information
Betty Smith and director George Abbott drew upon ethnic stereotypes and idealizations of the immigrant experience. Johnny Noland is an Irishman who vows to make a fresh start, but succumbs to alcohol. His wife Katie promises that their baby, Francie, will get an education. Francie is the first member of the family to finish eighth grade, but her father does not live to see it.
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 187
An Eye for the Stage; William J. Chiego, Jody Blake (American, b.1953); 2004; p. 57


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