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. Now, Waterwell is excavating and reviving them as a collaboration between civilian artists and Veterans. Tuneful, subversive, and disarmingly witty, the Blueprint Specials offer a fresh and surprising look at the intersection of conflict and culture. The Blueprint Specials will be seen for the first time since World War II on the hangar deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Starring Tony nominees Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde) and Will Swenson (Hair).
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