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Curtain Up: A Special Event

From 108 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Relevant, Absorbing

About the show

Curtain Up is an exhibition created in partnership between the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and London's V&A celebrating 40 Years of theater in both cities. More…

Curtain Up celebrates both the 40 year anniversary of the Olivier Awards and 70 years of the Tonys®. It tells the story of the plays, musicals and productions that have won both an Olivier and a Tony, exploring the craft and collaboration that creates spectacular international theater. Highlights include costumes and masks from Disney's 'The Lion King;' the original costume designs from "The Phantom of the Opera"; a celebration of the international hit, 'A Chorus Line;' and the original set models for 'In the Heights,' 'Arcadia.' and 'War Horse.'

On February 15, 2017 Show-Score hosted its first member meet-up at this exhibit.  You can visit the exhibit FOR FREE during library hours.

Member Reviews (108)


Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Relevant, Absorbing
Avg Score

Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Interesting

See it if you want the rare opportunity to see some costumes, set designs, factoids & clips from a few of the biggest hits from Bway & the West End.

Don't see it if you're not interested in Tonys & Oliviers. Huge lost opportunity by using award-winners as the through-line, limiting the shows to showcase.

Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Any theayreaholic would love this evening !

Don't see it if You have no interest in mixing with theatre aficionados !

Refreshing, Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Want to see a very interesting collection of theater artifacts.

Don't see it if You are not in n New York.

Fascinating, Great photos, Lovely group of like minded folks

See it if I didn't spend as much time looking at the exhibit as I would have liked because there were so many terrific folks to meet, so I'll have to

Don't see it if ... go back. What I saw was wonderful - illuminating trip through theater history. Thanks to the library for having us!

Entertaining, Informative, Relevant

See it if You want to see a good exhibition of behind the scenes of Broadway and West End shows.

Don't see it if You are not interested in exhibitions and the history of Broadway shows.

Fun, Well-organized, Must see

See it if you want to see memorabilia and footage from old and new shows. This is for anyone who loves Broadway and wants to see pieces from history.

Don't see it if you're not a die-hard fan and would be uninterested in seeing props and costumes from the past.

Also I wish the exhibit was bigger with more things, but it was still so mu... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if Great exhibition, a must see for all theater lovers.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in theater history.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You believe that the enjoyment of theater is best when interactive with other humans

Don't see it if You want to stay isolated

Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy museum style exhibits with a wide range of displays , don't miss the videos that go with some of the items

Don't see it if You have no interest in the past or how shows are constructed . ..but that would be sad for someone on this site .

Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a fun and well curated museum gallery dedicated to recent Broadway and West End shows.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in "pop" theatre history or want to see behind-the-scenes on award-winning productions.

Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in theatre history or would enjoy a walk down memory lane revisiting some productions you saw and enjoyed.

Don't see it if you don't like theatre.

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Broadway and have experience with (or an interest in) London's West End.

Don't see it if your NYC theater interests are limited to Off- and Off-Off-Broadway.

Also I particularly enjoyed the parts of the exhibit that contrasted Broadw... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Effective

See it if You enjoy seeing artifacts (costumes, sets, etc.) from Broadway shows and if you are interested in the difference/similarities with West End

Don't see it if you aren't a theatre buff or you aren't interested in artifacts. Don't expect too much, though, as it is not really extensive.

Relevant, Ambitious, Eclectic mix

See it if you enjoy theater - especially behind the scenes glimpses - and theater posters.

Don't see it if expect a comprehensive exhibit of all New York and London shows.

Well organized, Interesting

See it if the exhibits were great and it was nice to see and hear about shows from the past - but I walked away more aware of how many shows I missed.

Don't see it if you prefer to see shows rather than exhibits about shows

Also It was very generous of Show-Score to sponsor this event, which was we... Read more Read less

Nicely done & visually appealing

See it if You enjoy the history of award winning shows and enjoy behind the scenes look at budgets and staging notes as well as costumes from classics

Don't see it if You're not in the area or don't have a little downtime for a free fun exhibit. Might be fun to bring kids to though.

Fun, Convivial, Change of pace, For us superfans, Community

See it if Want to salivate over some choice, iconic props and costumes from famous productions like Chorus Line, Phantom, Lion King. Up close is great

Don't see it if you don't care about Broadway, or don't get excited by seeing costumes and props up close.

Must see, Interesting, Entertaining, Extensive, Excellent

See it if You really love musical theater and you are interested in past shows as well as current ones both in New York and London.

Don't see it if You are only interested in current shows.

Entertaining, Relevant, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if you're a theatre fan and interested in viewing various photos, costumes, props, video recordings, etc. of iconic bway & west end shows.

Don't see it if you're not a BIG fan of the theatre.

Delightful, Entertaining, Fun

See it if Great to meet new people; the exhibit was really interesting

Don't see it if N/A

Also Thank you for this meetup!


See it if you love to see the pieces from theater industry.

Don't see it if you despise theater as a form of historical arts

Also Saw the exhibition when it was in London last summer, they definitely ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love theater lore and want an up close and personal look at some true treasues.

Don't see it if You're not a museum person(?) Though really you should go anyway.

Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see, Fun

See it if anyone who is interested in theater should see Curtain Up at LPA. Come at lunchtime and eat at Amy's. Enjoy the biographies on the shelves.

Don't see it if There's no good reason NOT to see the exhibit if you love theater. The event was a great way to meet the folks behind the show-score curtain

Also Minor suggestion. Rather than asking people to note the (high end) sho... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You love theater and want to get a deeper u derstanding of its history.

Don't see it if You're not a history buff.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You're into the detailed history behind some of the best performing shows.

Don't see it if You're in it for the show, not the behind-the-scenes stuff.

“Curtain Up: A Special Event” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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