New York City
In the summer of 1944, engulfed by a war spread across three continents, the U.S. Army made a foray into unlikely territory: Broadway-style musicals. Created by a who’s who of 20th-century American entertainers, including composer Frank Loesser and choreographer José Limón, these shows were made for soldiers to perform in the field as a way to boost morale. Now the Waterwell theater company is reviving these works in a collaboration between civilian artists and veterans. Tuneful, subversive, and disarmingly witty, the Blueprint Specials offer a surprising look at the intersection of conflict and culture. The revivals star Tony nominees Laura Osnes (Cinderella) and Will Swenson (Hair).
The Blueprint Specials will be seen for the first time since World War Two on the hangar deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The museum is located on the Intrepid, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that served during World War Two, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. Waterwell is a critically acclaimed theater company dedicated to the creation of new work and the bold reinterpretation of classics. Founded by Arian Moayed and Tom Ridgely, its special blend of music, theater, and social dialogue has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award and three New York Innovative Theatre Awards.
Final performance: June 29, 2024
Final performance: September 29, 2023
Final performance: June 24, 2023
Performances begin: July 21, 2023
Performances begin: July 14, 2023
Performances begin: June 15, 2023