Item #013326 ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION BY IRV DOCKTOR FOR THE MUSICAL"IT AIN'T NOTHIN'' BUT THE BLUES" Irv Docktor, artist.

ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION BY IRV DOCKTOR FOR THE MUSICAL"IT AIN'T NOTHIN'' BUT THE BLUES"

No Binding. An original watercolor illustration of the two principal performers in the Broadway musical "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues" by prolific commercial artist Irv Docktor. Measures approximately 9x12", signed by Docktor lower right corner 1999, 7/10, and lettered by him in brown paint with the names of the lead performers - Gertha Boston and Ron Taylor - on the upper left side and the title of the musical across the left top edge. Curiously, Docktor uses the non-dialectic Nothing in the title, rather than Nothin', The musical started as a Denver Center Theater Company school touring show in circa 1994.The Denver Center production played at the Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.), in November 1996, then subsequently opened in Manhattan at the New Victory Theater in March 1999 for a limited run, and then transferred to Broadway. It opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on April 26, 1999, transferred to the Ambassador Theatre on 9/7/1999, and ran until January 9, 2000, with 284 performances. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book Of A Musical, Best Featured Actress (Gretha Boston) and Best Featured Actor ( Ron Taylor). Ron Taylor was also one of the writers of the musical. Irv Docktor (1918 - 2008) was an American illustrator and educator best known for his work as a book and magazine illustrator in the 1950s and 1960s. His versatile work appeared in hundreds of books, best known for hardcover dustjackets like Patricia Highsmith's "Strangers on a Train" and five first editions of Robert Heinlein science fiction novels including "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". He also illustrated cover designs for Playbill, like his original art for the program for Robert Anderson's landmark drama "Tea and Sympathy" Very Good. Item #013326

Price: $750.00

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