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 ROCKWELL 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.
Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.”