Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Relevant, Intelligent

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

Ambitious, Relevant, 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.

Absorbing, Inspiring, Educational

See it if you like learning about how theater is made; are a big Broadway fan; enjoy the history of theater.

Don't see it if Broadway history does not interest you.

Also The Performing Arts Library is a New York treasure. Their exhibits are... Read more Read less

Delightful, Must see, Interesting

See it if you're a lover of all things Broadway, but especially of musicals and the majority of the exhibit is dedicated to musicals.

Don't see it if you hate musicals or can't appreciate information and artifacts of past and present Broadway productions.

Delightful, Epic, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You love musical theatre and want to learn more about the productions you love! You enjoy learning about Broadway/West End.

Don't see it if You don't love musical theatre. You don't want to learn about behind the scenes info.

Enchanting, Relevant

See it if you want to learn about Broadway and see interesting designs.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play or a musical. It's an exhibition.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to know the makings of popular theatre through informative museum like displays. And see great videos of the shows.

Don't see it if You don't want to wander through and read for yourself - if you just want a sit down documentary to entertain you.

Interesting, Cool

See it if you like knowing about design elements of shows

Don't see it if if dont care about set design

Relevant, Entertaining, Informative

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.

Absorbing, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

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.

Educational, Memory provoking

See it if You have any interest in Broadway and the London theatre. You want to see up close, the props, costumes, et al of Tony/ Olivier recipients.

Don't see it if You want a full accounting. Exhibit is short-about thirty minutes in length. Look up or you miss Mary Poppins and the Green Witch.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining

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 .

Absorbing, Interesting, Great costumes, Educational, For true theater lovers

See it if You love looking at costumes and other cool treasures from beloved Broadway and West End productions.

Don't see it if You don't like Broadway or the West End.

Must see, Interesting, Entertaining, Excellent, Extensive

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.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

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.

Delightful, Intelligent, Must see, Entertaining

See it if love theater and Broadway and the West End. NYPL is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't see it if you have no interest in the arts

Ambitious, Delightful, Must see

See it if Enjoy the "behind the scenes" workings of a play or musical, it's free to get in, exits displayed beautifully, wish it had more stuff on han

Don't see it if You are looking for an all day exhibit - unfortunately a half hour will suffice

Absorbing, Entertaining, Fascinating

See it if You enjoy the culture and background histories of various Broadway Shows...especially A Chorus Line!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy exhibits and Broadway...especially A Chorus Line!

Delightful, Entertaining, Small

See it if You love theater and are fascinated with behind the scenes aspects. You want to see props, set designs, costumes, theater correspondence.

Don't see it if You don't care about theater. Props, set models, costumes, etc., don't interest you.

Also It's a small collection. Doesn't take much time to go through.

Thought-provoking, Interesting, Entertaining, Fun, Cool

See it if you have some time to kill in the Lincoln Center area or want to see some cool sets, costumes and footage from past Broadway shows

Don't see it if you are looking for something more in depth. It is fun and entertaining but not extremely detailed.

Also I really enjoyed this exhibit but I really wish that it was longer. Th... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Must see, Resonant

See it if You love the theatre

Don't see it if exhibits aren't your thing

Ambitious, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if you have an appreciation and love of theatre. Rare items from the halls of recent theatre history on display!

Don't see it if you are bored by museums and free cultural events.


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

Enchanting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you're a Broadway superfan who will appreciate behind the scenes looks at famous plays and musicals.

Don't see it if you don't care about Broadway props, costumes, sets, etc. You want an interactive exhibit experience (you just walk around and observe here)

Also It's really cool, but pretty small so it doesn't take a long time to w... Read more Read less