“Absolutely, gloriously priceless and irreplaceable.”
In the summer of 1944, engulfed by a war spread across three continents, the US Army made a foray into some unlikely territory: producing Broadway-style musicals. Created by a Who’s Who of 20th century American entertainers, including composer Frank Loesser and choreographer José Limón, these remarkable artifacts were designed for soldiers to put on in the field as a way to boost morale.
In partnership with the Intrepid Museum and Under the Radar Festival, Waterwell excavated and revived these lost shows as a collaboration between civilian artists and military veterans. Tuneful, subversive, and disarmingly witty, the Blueprint Specials offer a fresh and surprising look at the intersection of conflict and culture. This staging, in a converted hangar of the former USS Intrepid, was the Blueprints’ first since World War II and their first ever for the American public.
“My favorite musical of the season.”
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- Photos: In Rehearsal With Laura Osnes and Will Swenson for the Blueprint SpecialsPlaybill
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