I have taken a decorating hiatus in the past few months. Any of you who have decorated a home before know that it’s fun for a while and then you get to a point when it becomes a chore. Your ideas and limitations for and with the space begin to out number your funds and that’s my clue to take a step back. Fortunately, my breaking point came at a time when I was pretty pleased with the state of the place so I just deemed it ‘finished’. That said, I still have a few things up my sleeves. Namely artwork.
A few weeks ago, I was cleaning one evening and happened upon the Ovation Channel on TV(one of my new favorites). What caught my eye about it while flipping through our guide was that the show was about Phantom of the Opera–my all time favorite musical. It was called Behind the Mask: The Making of the Phantom of the Opera (read more here). I, as well as William, became engrossed in this show! I had never heard or read anything about the production and drama leading up to the debut of one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time. The show followed the original Broadway production, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber for his wife Sarah Brightman from the writing of the scores to casting to opening night in London’s West End in 1986. Surprisingly, I learned that the story of the Phantom and young Christine ironically mirrored Webber and Brightman’s relationship and she was his muse in composing the score.
All of that to say, there were several interviews from Harold ‘Hal’ Prince, the director of the musical, during the show and I found him very intriguing and I soon found out why. Immediately following Behind the Mask, there was a documentary on Harold. I have always had a deep love and appreciation for the theater, though I will be the first to admit I don’t know that much about the major players. Clearly. As I watched this documentary I quickly realized that Harold Prince had directed about 90% of my favorite plays and musicals. This man is a genius.
Some of my favorites of his: Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, A Little Night Music, and Follies.
In all of the interviews with Harold during his documentary, they had him positioned in front of a wall that was filled with posters from all of his productions (I’m finally getting around to my point…) which started William and I thinking. My parents, who are also huge theater buffs, have collected a poster from all of the shows they have seen on Broadway. They are all framed and line an entire hallway in the home that I grew up in. I love the idea of this, however, William hates the design and artwork in half of the posters. In the documentary, Harold was in front of the original Broadway posters whose artwork was AMAZING! William and I decided that looking for the vintage Broadway posters would be an awesome mix of our interests. Here are some that we are looking at to continue the decoration of our walls in our apartment:
There are more that I like better than these designs but I cannot seem to find them. My search is about to turn to ebay though I avoid ebay like the plague. Oh well!