Star Quality: The World of Noël Coward
"Star quality: I don’t know what it is, but I’ve got it." Noël Coward delivered those words in his inimitable style, cigarette in hand and a twinkle in his eye. The Academy celebrated this multi-talented icon when a new installation of an exhibition which was displayed at the Academy in 2010 opened in New York on March 12.
For many, Coward is known primarily as a playwright, the creator of such classics as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Cavalcade, Design for Living and Blithe Spirit, many of which were adapted for film, or as the composer of such timeless songs as "I’ll See You Again," "Mad About the Boy" and "Mad Dogs and Englishmen." This is the first exhibition to show the full extent of his prodigious talents as a director of plays and movies, a stage and film actor, cabaret artist, patriot, painter and patron of charitable causes.
With unparalleled access to the Coward Archives, and drawing on public and private collections in Europe and the U.S. as well as the Academy’s own Margaret Herrick Library, the exhibition brings together dozens of rare photographs, drawings, paintings, original manuscripts, letters, sheet music, posters, playbills, set and costume designs, personal memorabilia, audio and video clips, and original costumes including several of the silk dressing gowns that became Coward’s trademark.
- March 12 through August 18, 2012
- New York Public Library for the Performing Arts