"Caricature of Opening of Zero Mostel in "Fiddler on the Roof""   Lot no. 2200

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Sept. 22, 1964 (Estimated)
12.50" x 12.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Left

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Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for the opening of Zero Mostel in Hal Prince`s production of `Fiddler on the Roof` at the Imperial Theatre, Tues, Sept 22, 1964 for publication the same day in the Drama Section of the New York Journal-American. With (from l to r, top) Mostel as Tevye the Dairyman; Austin Pendleton as Motel the Tailor; Maria Karnilova as Tevye`s wife, Golde; and Bea Arthur as Yente the Matchmaker. Below are Tevye`s three daughters, (l to r): Joanna Merlin as Tzeitel, Tanya Everett (her B`way debut) as Chava, and Julia Migenes as Hodel. Produced by Harold Prince, directed by Jerome Robinson, designed by Boris Aronson and Patricia Zipprodt. Ran for 3,242 performances at the Imperial, Majestic and Broadway Theatres.

This illustration is on 15.00" x 20.00" illustration board with a 12.50" x 12.00" image. Fine condition, editor's notations in margins.



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ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.

 

 


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