""The Threepenny Opera""   Lot no. 2258

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

May 1,1948 (Estimated)
12.00" x 17.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Upper Left



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Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for the long running Off-Broadway Revival of the Bertolt Brecht Musical `The Threepenny Opera`, with the Brooklyn Bridge in background, they own the town. Starring Scott Merrill as Mack the Knife, flanked by Bea Arthur as Lucy Brown, John Astin as Readymoney Matt, Jo Sullivan as Pollly Peachum and Frederic Downs as Jonathan Peachum, the production was directed by Carmen Capalbo, designed by William Pitkin and Peggy Clark, ran 9/20/55 - 12/17/61 for 2,611 performances at the Theatre de Lys. The illustration was probably used for the New York Journal-American. 

This piece is on 15.00" x 20.00" illustration board, with an image that measures to 12.00" x 13.00." Minor edge soiling, editor`s marks.

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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.