Scene design for the Waterfront, Opening Scene, in New Girl in Town
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Artist: Rouben TerArutunian, American, born Russia (now Georgia), 1920-1992
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Gouache and graphite on board
13 1/2 x 20in (34.3 x 50.8cm)
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
Musical with book by George Abbott and music and lyrics by Robert Merrill. Choreography by Bob Fosse. Produced at the 46th Street Theatre, New York, 1957.
Rouben TerArutunian's picturesque sets for New Girl in Town, such as this drop with a view of lower Manhattan, recreate the New York city waterfront at the turn of the century. Johnny-the-Priest's saloon is the site for the reunion between a Scandinavian coal barge captain and his daughter. Anna Christopherson claims to be a nurse, but it is obvious that her experience is in another service industry. Yet, through her beauty, charm, and especially her skill at polite, as well as cathouse dancing, she earns a place for herself in respectable society.
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