We were treated to quite the cavalcade of art and entertainment on Broadway over the 2016-2017 season. There were 38 shows that opened. Twenty of those were musicals, and of the musicals, 12 were new musicals. Such a bounty! I had the opportunity to recap the season of musicals in a couple of ways. Perhaps the most exciting project looks to become an annual adventure. I worked with Broadway Records (head honcho Van Dean and graphic designer Robbie Rozelle) to illustrate the very first Tony season CD, a compilation of songs from the season's musicals!
All the musicals of the season were invited to take part and all shows represented on the CD are included in the cover illustration. Then each show's part of the illustration is included inside the booklet on their respective pages. All of this came together in very short period of time, and it was like putting together a big puzzle as we heard which shows would take part. Such a fun project! You can purchase the CD at Broadway Records or digitally on iTunes.
And in a bit of synchronicity, Van and my partner in The Lights of Broadway Show Cards™ Dori and I came up with a cross promotion with the cards. The first 1000 to order a hard copy of the CD got a limited edition card that I created from the art. Worlds coming together!
I've also been playing with the idea of creating more stuff. Stuff to sell and celebrate! The brainstorming has first resulted in a 2016-2017 Musicals poster, featuring bits of my Broadway Ink sketches from throughout the year. The poster is available at my Etsy shop and at the Theatre Circle store on 44th Street in the Broadway Theater District.