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CONTRASTING PERFORMANCES OF PERSONAL IDENTITY
The collage presents a quartet of musical-based identities, each in its way celebrating the freedoms and opportunities promised by the Statue of Liberty (background):
1. immigrant Frank-N-Furter, late of Transsexual, Transylvania (Tim Curry, The Rocky Horror Show, left; photograph courtesy of Miles Kreuger and the Institute of the American Musical, Inc.);
2. Dorothy Gale, as a young Kansas girl before she became the heroic liberator of the Land of Oz (Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz, bottom; movie still courtesy of Miles Kreuger and the Institute of the American Musical, Inc.);
3. fellow-liberator Sir Percy Blakeney, inspiring prospective recruits for the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel with "Into the Fire" (Douglas Sills, The Scarlet Pimpernel, top; photograph (c) Joan Marcus, used with permission); and
4. dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine, who is still pursuing an elusive happiness (Gwen Verdon, Sweet Charity, right; Photograph from the Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, used with permission).
(Collage design by Jonathan Hofferman.)