Maquette for Nine

Maker and role
Artist: Laurence Miller, American, born 1944

Object detail

Painted paper and board, with wire and ink
27 3/4 x 37 x 22 1/4in (70.5 x 94 x 56.5cm)
Credit line
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
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Object type
Theatre production
Musical with book by Arthur Kopit and lyrics and music by Maury Yeston. Produced at the 46th Street Theatre, New York, 1982.
Further information
In an interview with Theatre Crafts Magazine, May 1985, Laurence Miller discussed the problems presented by the musical Nine, which called for one set that could accommodate scenes set in a variety of locations. Miller felt that the success of the set was due to the fact that it was easily recognizable on the one hand, but unfamiliar enough on the other to appear abstract to the audience, allowing them to see that the play action was really taking place in the protagonist's mind. "I think the main thing about Nine is that the environment should have enough abstraction in it to go places where the play has to go," said Miller.
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