A Life In The Theater by Michael Arthur


An "outtake" from my recent Hedwig Sketchbook report for Vanity Fair. This is actually the first drawing I did the week of tech. It shows the stage manager and a costumer in the house, watching as John Cameron Mitchell rehearsed. The costumer ended up being the audience stand in whenever Mitchell practiced his "in the house" moments.

by Michael Arthur

Behind The Scenes: Broadway at work.

Here are a few drawings from over the years of Broadway rehearsal moments I’ve captured. The Tony Awards are tomorrow night.

From the top:

1) The Crew loads lights for The Roundabout Theater’s revival of Pacific Overtures.

2) Filming Passing Strange at The Belasco Theater.

3 & 4) Working choreography for Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

5) Patrick Stewart in a boat for the revival of David mamet’s A Life In The Theater.

6) Neil Patrick Harris and choreographer Spencer Liff working a moment during tech rehearsal for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

by Michael Arthur

The other night I went to a reading of a new play by my old friend John Walch over at New Dramatists. I pay better attention when I’m doodling, so here’s three pages of sketching I did of John, the actors and some guy in the audience. The play’s called What God Hath Wrought: A Transatlantic Farce and it is absolutely wonderful. John’s so good …

by Michael Arthur

The Rehearsal Studio: American Idiot

The touring cast runs through the entire show in a Manhattan studio before heading to Las Vegas for tech rehearsals.

Clockwise from top:
-Jared Nepute (Johnny), Olivia Puckett (Whatsername) and Ensemble

-Jared Nepute (Johnny) & Olivia Puckett (Whatsername)

-Daniel Jackson (Saint Jimmy)

-Mariah MacFarlane (Heather) & Alex Boniello (R&R Boyfriend)

-Evan Jay Newman (Music Director)