Exclusive Showing Of Al Hirschfeld’s Broadway Images
See the iconic caricatures of artist Al Hirschfeld
Visiting NYC soon? If you are lucky enough to be in the City before August 8, 2017, don’t miss the The Tonys As Seen By Hirschfeld in the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel.
In late June, Walt and I wandered into the oak paneled lobby of Algonquin Hotel on 59 W. 44th Street. We had been invited by Marriot Hotels to catch the The Tonys As Seen By Hirschfeld , experience the ambiance of the Algonquin Hotel, and catch lunch in the iconic Round Table Restaurant.
Guys and Dolls, 1950. Kiss of Spider Woman, 1993. Self Portrait, 1980. The Phantom of the Opera, 1988. The Producers, 2001. All drawings by Al Hirschfeld.
Walt and I marveled at the iconic caricatures of artist Al Hirschfeld, 23 drawings reproduced three feet tall. Each work captures a Broadway show.
Annie, 1977. The Sound of Music, 1959. Great White Hope, 1970. All drawings by Al Hirschfeld.
Share the The Tonys As Seen By Hirschfeld Exhibit
24/7 a visitor can visit the Algonquin Hotel lobby to view the exhibit, get a respite from the NYC summer heat in the air conditioned grand lobby, and make use of the complimentary lobby Wi-Fi. If you loved the visit as much as Walt and I did, share images of the exhibit and the hotel by using the hashtag #AlgonquinHirschfeld and tag @AlgonquinNYC and @AlHirschfeld on Instagram and Twitter.
Jerome Robbins Broadway, 1989. How to succeed in business without really trying, 1961. My Fair Lady, 1956. All drawings by Al Hirschfeld.
Guess the Broadway Play!
It was great fun to try to guess which Broadway play that each work captured. PSST! If you check at the desk, they can give you a precious complimentary souvenir brochure that tells you the name and date of each image. Walt loved trying to trip me up, but I was able to name quite a few of the plays.
The Music Man, 1957. Drawing by Al Hirschfeld.
Who was Al Hirschfeld?
Al Hirschfeld started to draw Broadway in 1926, and by 1947 when the first Tony was awarded, his artwork had become as much of a part of the Broadway experience as opening night itself. His drawings of the American Theater over 76 years, which included many Tony winners and nominees, earned him two Lifetime achievement Tonys, and eventually a Broadway theater renamed in his honor in 2003.
If you appreciate Broadway theater, historical art, and the old New York feel you will adore The Algonquin Hotel’s The Tonys As Seen By Hirschfeld through August 8, 2017. In collaboration with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, this exhibit will mark the third year The Algonquin Hotel and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation have partnered on an exclusive exhibit.
The Algonquin’s Round Table Restaurant in the lobby of the hotel.
Why is the Algonquin important to NYC?
The Algonquin Hotel, Times Square, opened November 22, 1902. The hotel is the oldest and longest operating in the city and is located on historic Club Row, West 44th Street. The Algonquin Hotel is just steps away from Fifth Avenue, the theater district, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall, and is a great opportunity for those visiting the city to witness the fabled New York haunt of “The Vicious Circle” at The Algonquin Round Table.
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Insider TIP: Visit the Algonquin’s “The Blue Bar”, adjacent to the Hotel Lobby, to see the Algonquin’s permanent collection of Al Hirschfeld drawings on the dark wood walls.
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Blog Note: The Chief Blonde and her husband were invited to attend The Tonys As Seen By Hirschfeld exhibit by Marriot Hotels. A lunch was provided.