Mielziner - Master of Modern Stage Design


Mary Henderson

Published by Backstage Books

Jo Mielziner (1901-1976) was the most highly acclaimed scenic and lighting designer of 20C American theatre

So protean were his talents that in some years during Broadway's peak, in a single season more than half-a-dozen hit shows bore his scenery

What he brought to every production was an acute and inventive intuition, an uncany ability to choose the exact key that would open up the scenic environment such that his perfectly realised interpretations of A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, Winterset, Guys & Dolls , Carousel and Gypsy have made it almost impossible for other designers to avoid imitation

This 320 page hardback with copious illustrations & designs provides a long overdue, definitive account of Mielziner's life and work as the pre-eminent theatre artist of his time

Designed & Published in Association with the New York Public Library

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