"Mary Martin in the Broadway Production of "Lute Song""   Lot no. 2354

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Feb. 1946 (Estimated)
11.00" x 15.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Left



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004), of Mary Martin in the Broadway production of `Lute Song` at the Plymouth Theatre, Feb-June 1946, co-starring a then unknown Yul Brenner as Tsai-Yong. Promoted as a "Love Story with Music" based on the famous Chinese play "Pi-Pa-Ki" by Kao-Tong-Kia and Mao-Tseo, with book written by Sidney Howard and Will Erwin, music by Raymond Scott and lyrics by Bernard Hanighen. Because of Brynner`s impressive and dynamic turn in `Lute Song`, it was Martin who recommended him to Rogers & Hammerstein, who cast him as the lead in `The King and I`. On illustration board, for the New York Journal-American. 11" x 15". Notations at bottom, light soiling.

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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.