Episode 28 – Socially Distant Theater (Online Exhibition)

Experience theater the socially distant way by taking a tour of the solo show through the drawings of Al Hirschfeld. The online exhibition will runs from May 5 – June 6, 2020. Follow along during the episode by viewing the exhibition here.


Socially Distant Theater Online Exhibition

Socially Distant Theater Merchandise


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Episode 26 – Hal Prince

Happy new year from the Al Hirschfeld Foundation! In this first episode of 2020, David Leopold and Katherine Eastman relive the magic that is the career of Hal Prince. Don’t forget to follow along in the show notes, where you can see all of the drawings that are talked about in real time!


In the Company of Harold Prince exhibition at the NYPLPA

Say, Darling

Pajama Game (1973 revival)

Tickets Please

Call Me Madam

Wonderful Town

Celebrating Wonderful Town

Damn Yankees

New Girl in Town

West Side Story (original production)

West Side Story (all other drawings)

A Family Affair

Doily Drawings: Bloomer Girl, Meet Me in St Louis, Louisiana Purchase, 1928 Laurel and Hardy

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Fiddler on the Roof

She Loves Me

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman



Boris Aronson



A Little Night Music

Pacific Overtures

Side by Side by Sondheim

On the Twentieth Century

Sweeney Todd


Merrily We Roll Along

A Doll’s Life


Cabaret (1987)

Joel Grey in Cabaret

The Phantom of the Opera

Michael Crawford

Colm Wilkinson

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Show Boat


Hollywood Arms

Hal Prince

Prince Theater Mural (part 2)


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AUDIO TOUR – Hirschfeld at The Harmonie Club

David Leopold gives an audio tour of the current Hirschfeld exhibition at the Harmonie Club in New York City

. The tour begins on the main level in the Library, and continues on the fourth floor in the Hub. The exhibition will remain up until January 17, 2020. For those not at the Harmonie Club, follow along with the drawings below in the show notes.

The Library

George and Ira Gershwin, 1990

Ella Fitzgerald, 1993

Fred Astaire, 1973

Mick Jagger, 1999

Liza Minnelli, 1999

My Fair Lady, 1956

Les Misérables, 1987

Carol Channing, 1964

Elvis Presley, 1968

Lena Horne, 1952

Marlon Brando, 1998

Albert Einstein, 1994


The Hub

Self Portrait, 1993

Artie Shaw, 1945

Frank Sinatra, 1946

Hoagy Carmichael, 1945

Julius Caesar, 1955

Nine Old Men of the Supreme Court, 1937

Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, 1989

American Ballet Theatre, 1980

Blithe Spirit, 1941

Episode 25 – The First Drawing of the Marx Brothers (with Robert S. Bader)

The Marx Brothers, June 1935

BREAKING NEWS! The first Hirschfeld drawing of the Marx Brothers has been found/confirmed. Robert S. Bader joins David and Katherine to discuss the new find. Follow along and see all of the drawings as you listen in the show notes.


The first drawing of the Marx Brothers (June 8, 1935)

Spencer Tracy (MGM June 1935)

Laurel and Hardy (MGM June 1935)

A Night at the Opera

Jailbirds of Paradise

The Stages at Cinema Cathedrals

Cracked Iceman

Merrily We Roll Along

The Big Store

Episode 24 – The Algonquin Round Table

David and Katherine are back, this time celebrating the centennial of the Algonquin Round Table! Hear tales of the Round Table as they relate to Hirschfeld….and some tangents (as always!).

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The Algonquin Round Table

Alexander Woollcott

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Sidney Chaplin / Irene Rich

Rehearsal of Yellow Jacket

Summer Theater Peoples

Heywood Broun

Shoot the Works

Manhattan Oases

Marc Connelly

Wild Man of Borneo

Green Pastures

The Farmer Takes a Wife

Black Monday

Robert Benchley

Self Portrait, 1993

Dorothy Parker

Disney Round Table (not Looney Tunes)

Robert Sherwood

Road to Rome

Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Idiot’s Delight

There Shall Be No Night

Rugged Path

Dance A Little Closer

Edna Ferber

Show Boat

The Royal Family

George S Kaufman

Strike up the Band

Sacha Guitry

Once in a Lifetime

You Can’t Take it With You

Merrily We Roll Along

Of Thee I Sing


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Episode 23 – Interview with Eric Goldberg

Take a magic carpet ride with David, Katherine, and legendary Disney animator Eric Goldberg! Eric tells of Hirschfeld’s influence on his own work in animation through the years. We hope you enjoy this very special episode.


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Episode 22 – Laurel and Hardy

Happy birthday, Oliver Hardy! David Leopold and Katherine Eastman are here for all, yes ALL, your Laurel and Hardy needs.



Star Trek

The Cher Show

New Drawings, courtesy of Jay Polk

Hirschfeld Auctions


1929 Yearbook


Laurel and Hardy in bed

Louisiana Purchase

Another Fine Mess

MGM Yearbook

Pardon Us

Pack Up Your Troubles

Devil’s Brothers

Busy Bodies

Sons of the Desert

Hail Hal Roach

Babes in Toyland

Hollywood Party

Oliver Hardy Mask

Stan Laurel Mask

Bonnie Scotland

Bohemian Girl

Our Relations

Swiss Miss

Air Raid Wardens

Nothing But Trouble

The Movies

Mural Wallpaper

1969 Drawing

Laurel and Hardy in an Oval


1991 Stamps

Here’s Looking At You



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Episode 21 – New York City Center

In honor of New York City Center’s 75th Anniversary, David and Katherine explore City Center’s history through the drawings of Al Hirschfeld.



Beverly Sills

Metropolitan Opera Drawings

Leopold Stokowski

Leonard Bernstein

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

Draper and Adler

George Balanchine

NYC Ballet

Jerome Robbins


Alistair Cook

Helen Hayes

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

Joffrey Ballet (Night of Stars)

Alvin Ailey

Judith Jamison

Martha Graham

Merce Cunningham

Twyla Tharp

Marcel Marceau

Paul Robeson in Othello

The Merry Widow

Carmen Jones

Man and Superman

Devil’s Disciple


Lute Song

Insect Comedy

The Heiress

Dream Girl

First Lady

All’s Well That Ends Well

Show Boat 

Jose Ferrer in 4 Roles

The Four Poster

Time of Your Life


The King and I Cook

Say, Darling

The Grand Kabuki

Bob Fosse in Pal Joey



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Episode 20 – Neil Simon

This week, David and Katherine remember the works of Neil Simon.


(Robert Q Lewis)

Phil Silvers Show

Sid Caesar

(Bucks County Playhouse)

Little Me with Sid Caesar

Victor Garber in Little Me

Little Me with Martin Short

Broadway a la Carte

The Odd Couple

Sweet Charity

Promises Promises

Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine

The Out-of-Towners

Prisoner of Second Avenue

The Good Doctor

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Plaza Suite

California Suite

The Sunshine Boys

The Goodbye Girl

Murder by Death

Chapter Two

They’re Playing Our Song

I Ought To Be In Pictures

Seems Like Old Times

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Biloxi Blues

Broadway Bound

Laughter on the 23rdFloor

The Dinner Party

45 Seconds from Broadway


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Episode 19 – The Harvard Collection

This week we explore the largest public collection of Hirschfeld works, The Harvard Collection. Get a taste of the collection–it’s just the tip of the iceberg.


Richard Kiley in Man of La Mancha

Fogg Self portrait

Put it in Writing

Ella Fitzgerald

Orson Welles

Ethel Waters in Africana

Rang Tang (not in Harvard collection)

Jules Hatfield in The Waltz of the Dogs

Paula Truman in the Grand Street Follies

Barretts of Wimpole Street / The Glass Menagerie

Lost in the Stars

The View from the Bridge

An Evening with Bea Lillie


The Watch on the Rhine

Redrawing of The Watch on the Rhine (not in Harvard collection)

The Skin of Our Teeth

Long Day’s Journey into Night

A Member of the Wedding

I Am a Camera    


Julie Harris and Christopher Plummer


Television Personalities of 1954

Fantasy Island

Paths of Glory

The Miracle Worker

On the set of West Side Story

West Side Story Finale

American Ballet Theatre

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Galina Panova

Martha Graham

George Balanchine

All American

Irving Berlin (color)

Irving Berlin

Rodgers and Hammerstein

Loren Mazel

Maurice Ravel

Hallelujah Baby

Porgy and Bess

The Musical Revue gets a Standing Ovation

Star Standing Ovation (not in Harvard collection)

Where’s Charley Rehearsal

My Fair Lady (25thanniversary)

Arthur Miller

Hal Prince

English Playwrights

Grapes of Wrath

Lois Smith in Grapes of Wrath

Henry Fonda in the Grapes of Wrath

Jack Palance in the Silver Tassie (not in Harvard collection)

The Mikado

Death in Philadelphia

New York Opening

Broadway First Nighters

Harold Ross

Peter Schickele

Tommy Tune in White Ties and Tails


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