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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 522, Seven Lively Arts, 1944-1945

Summary: This musical revue in two acts and 23 scenes had settings designed by Bel Geddes, and lyrics and music by Cole Porter. Sketches were by Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman, Robert Pirosh, Joseph Schrank, Charles Sherman, and Ben Hecht. Orchestral composition was by William Schuman with a "Scene de Ballet" by Igor Stravinsky. The show was directed by Phillip Loeb, and staged and lit by Hazard Short, with costumes by Mary Grant and gowns by Valentina. Dances were choreographed by Jack Donahue, and the ballet was choreographed by Anton Dolin. The premier was produced by Billy Rose at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York where it opened on 7 December 1944. It ran for 183 performances, and the cast included Beatrice Lillie, Bert Lahr, Doc Rockwell, Benny Goodman, Anton Dolin, and Alicia Markova.

Hunter Code: XT 6
Hunter Guide: page 163

Box/Location Folder Description
damaged flat box 27 b 2 Scene Renderings --- Watercolors of scenes, drops.
flat file b 3-12 Scene Renderings --- Watercolors of scenes, drops.
flat file b 13 Scene Renderings --- Drop.
flat file b 14-21 Scene Renderings --- Watercolor renderings.
flat file d 1-9 Drawings --- 9 Details of drops.
flat file e 1-12 Preliminary Sketches --- 28 Sketches for scenery and drops.
flat file f 1-25 Drawings --- Plans and elevations.
theater box 213 i 1-2 Publicity --- Clippings 1944.
theater box 213 j 1-3 Correspondence and conversation transcripts 1944-1945.
theater box 213 n 1 Photostats --- Contract 1944.
theater box 213 n 2 Photostats --- Seating plan, ground plan.
flat file n 3 Photostats --- Scenes.
theater box 213 o 1 Receipts Dec1944-May1945.
theater box 213 p 1 Production Specifications --- Hanging schedule.
theater box 213 p 2-4 Production Specifications --- Production Record Book Jun1944-Jun1945.
flat file q 1-2 Source Material --- Photostats for scenery.
theater box 213 r 1 Drawings --- 4 Properties.
theater box 213 u 1 Drawing --- Lighting elevation.