Between 1975 and 1991, Davis created 51 posters for the New York Public Theater, the organization responsible for the free summer performances of Shakespeare in Central Park's open-air Delacorte Theater. One of the two plays offered during the 20th anniversary season was Henry V. Davis captures the countenance of Paul Rudd as the troubled young monarch.
Elson's photograph of the Shubert Theater at night captures all the glitter of The Great White Way -- a perfect visual equivalent for the quintessential theatrical piece about the the gypsies who make up the heart and soul of New York's fabled musical stage. The poster doubtless contributed to the musical's then record-breaking Broadway run: 6,137 performances between October 1975 and April 1990.
"Originally written as a radio play for the NPR drama showcase Earplay, The Water Engine was first staged at The St. Nicholas Theater in Chicago and later at The Public Theater in New York by Steven Schachter. It opened on December 20, 1977 and ran for 63 performances. The cast included Dwight Schultz as Charles Lang, David Sabin as Morton Gross, and Bill Moor as Lawrence Oberman. On February 28, 1978, it transferred to the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway as a double-bill with a short Mamet play entitled Mr. Happiness, and ran for 24 performances. In this production Patti LuPone was featured as Rita. The play was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play." - Wikipedia
Debuting on Broadway (rather than London’s West End) on October 12, 1971, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar was one of the most revolutionary musicals of the era. This is the original advertising poster for that production, combining the traditional Byzantine-style image of Christ with the psychedelic palette of the San Francisco rock posters.
Printed in the mid-1970s, it advertises Vaudeville, a televised production sponsored by MetroMedia. It featured Milton Berle, The Wiere Brothers & Katie, Paul Fidler, Nick Lucas, Gene Bell, Scotty Plummer, and Irv Benson.
A poetry reading in the 5,000-seat Felt Forum of New York's Madison Square Garden: This literary public rally was the brainchild of the young Russian poet of protest, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and a daring commercial move by his U.S. publishers, Doubleday and Co. Also participating: other major American poets and the era's favorite bard politician? Eugene McCarthy. Hess was a self-taught artist who became one of America's leading painter/illustrators, working in the primitive tradition with his own wit and power. This blending of Yevtushenko's face and figure with the Russian landscape reveals the artist's gift for portraiture and lyrical command.
Poster portraits of the play's two leads: a pensive Meryl Streep with late actor John Cazale glowing in the background. Between 1975 and 1991, Davis created 51 posters for the New York Public Theater, the organization responsible for the free summer performances of Shakespeare in Central Park's open-air Delacorte Theater.
For this knockabout romantic comedy offered during the 22nd season of free summer Shakespeare, the sepia portraits of festival regulars Raul Julia as Petruchio and Meryl Streep as Kate are surprisingly serious. Between 1975 and 1991, Davis created 51 posters for the New York Public Theater, the organization responsible for the free summer performances of Shakespeare in Central Park's open-air Delacorte Theater.