Dec 16, 2021 - Sale 2592

Sale 2592 - Lot 114

Price Realized: $ 2,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
"Little House on the Prairie." Group of 18 original scenic concept designs for the musical based on the "Little House on the Prairie" children's book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, which premiered at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2008. Gouache, graphite, and ink over color laser prints of scene backdrops. 215x280 mm; 8 1/2x11 inches, sheets.

The original production, directed by Francesca Zambello with a musical score by Rachel Portman, ran from July 26 through October 19, 2008 and broke numerous records at the Guthrie.
The cast included Melissa Gilbert (who famously played Laura Ingalls in the celebrated television series) as "Ma", Steve Blanchard as "Pa", Kara Lindsay (Laura), Jenn Gambatese (Mary), Sara Jean Ford (Nellie), Kevin Massey (Almanzo Wilder) and Brian Muller (Clarence Brewster).

The musical continued with a 5-week engagement at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey, on September 10, 2009 prior to a U.S. National tour that began in October 2009 at the Ordway Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lobel's design concept was that the actors would literally build their own scenes just as the pioneers had to build everything themselves. The set was a simple series of wooden walls that could be reconfigured into many different structures and locations.

Lobel has designed sets for Broadway, off-Broadway, and metropolitan and regional theater productions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Le Chatelet, The Royal National Theater, BAM, the Yale Repertory Theatre, Théatre Royal de la Monnai, New York City Opera, SUNY Purchase, and Central Park's Delacorte Theater. Her prolific work for the Mark Morris Dance Group is widely acclaimed. Many of her stage maquettes and designs are housed in the permanent collection of the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, including those for the Houston Grand Opera productions of "Nixon in China" and "Street Scene." In 2002 she produced and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical for "A Year With Frog and Toad" based upon the famous children's books by her late father, Arnold Lobel, whom she credits for instilling much of her work ethic and love of art.