In 1942, illustrators enjoyed celebrity status – and Norman Rockwell was a superstar. He was too old to enlist, but still wanted to do his part, so he volunteered his services to The War Department to paint a series of posters inspired by F.D.R.’s Four Freedoms Speech. Despite his fame, Rockwell was flat-out rejected. They told him: “In the last war, we used illustrators like you. This time around, we want fine arts men. You know… real artists.” Using this episode as a framework, the musical PERFECT PICTURE explores Rockwell’s life, loves, insecurities, and resilience.
4-Time TONY AWARD Nominee, Randy Skinner (Broadway’s 42nd Street, Dames at Sea, State Fair, White Christmas) directs and choreographs the musical, which juxtaposes the extraordinary story of Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.
TONY and EMMY AWARD Winner Lillias White (Cy Coleman’s The Life, Dreamgirls, Sesame Street) stars as “Amy the Wild Woman” who taught Rockwell his creed: “Don’t show life the way it really is, but how folks want it to be.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.
PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm.
Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st.