"1959 Broadway Production of "The Moonbird""   Lot no. 2423

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Oct 9, 1959 (Estimated)
12.75" x 14.75"
Pen and Ink on Cardstock
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for 1959 Broadway production of `The Moonbird`, starring Wally Cox, Phyllis Newman & Michael Hordern. An English adaptation of Marcel Ayme`s popular 1955 French stage comedy, the show was a notorious flop, produced by Harry Belafonte, George Justin & Leo Kerz, directed and designed by Leo Kerz. The show had only 3 performances 10/9-10/1959 at the Cort Theatre. The Illustration was commissioned for the New York Herald Tribune, includes clipping.

This illustration is on 15.00" x 22.00" cardstock with a 12.75" x 14.25" image. Minor edge 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.