Each of his drawings used simple ink lines to recreate some of Broadway's most iconic scenes, actors and other luminaries in the business. Each scene or conglomeration of a show's key moments was at once so simple - a few lines and squiggles - and yet so detailed they were easily recognizable.
Both of today's Broadway caricaturists, Justin "Squigs" Robertson and Ken Fallin cite Hirschfeld as their main inspiration for continuing this time honored tradition. Only time will tell how much these up and coming (comparatively speaking, anyway) will impact the culture of Broadway and New York Theatre. Who knows? Maybe some day future generations will see a revival of The Book of Mormon at the Fallin Theatre. Until then, we can see shows at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, the only Broadway theatre named for a designer of any kind.
Part I of this series may be found HERE.
Part II of this series may be found HERE.
Part III of this series may be found HERE.
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