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STAGE TUBE: Watch Joel Grey / A New York Life Exhibition Virtual Tour Here!

The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY), presented the special exhibition Joel Grey / A New York Life, examining the enduring impact that legendary actor Joel Grey and his adopted city have made on each other from April 12 - August 7, 2011. Through rare artifacts from his stage and screen career, objects from his personal collection, and his own photography, MCNY offered a unique look at New York through Grey's eyes as well as a visual retrospective of his career. 

The exhibition provides an overview of Grey's artistic life in New York City. It included photographs, posters, playbills, and costumes from several of Grey's productions, including the iconic Emcee costume from Cabaret, a crown worn in Goodtime Charley, and an original costume sketch for George M!. Original caricatures of Mr. Grey by legendary artist Al Hirschfeld are also on view.

Grey, also an acclaimed and internationally-exhibited photographer, has been photographing New York City for decades. A selection of these photos were featured in the exhibition, focus lovingly on small details of the urban environment, including graffiti, architectural details, and sidewalks. In accentuating the forgotten detritus and the multitude of everyday details of the city, Grey's photographic work provides a quiet and poignant counterpoint to his life in the spotlight.

The exhibition capped a landmark year for Grey, who is represented on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Anything Goes.

Miss the show? Now you can catch the display in its entirely in the just released virtual tour below!

In a career that was launched in the early 1950's, Joel Grey has created indelible stage roles each decade since: as the iconic Emcee in Cabaret (1966, Tony Award), as song and dance man George M. Cohan in George M! (1967, Tony nomination), as Charles VII in Goodtime Charlie (1975, Tony nomination), as Jacobowsky in The Grand Tour (1979, Tony nomination), as Olim in New York City Opera's Silverlake (1981), as Amos Hart in the landmark revival of Chicago (1996), and as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Wicked (2004).

Grey's non-musical stage roles include John Guare's Marco Polo Sings a Solo (1975) at The Public Theater; the title role in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Chekhov's Platonov (1978); Larry Kramer's seminal The Normal Heart (1986) at The Public Theater; The American Repertory Theatre's production of Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken (1991) at the Sao Paulo Biennale, directed by Robert Wilson; Herringbone at Hartford Stage (1992); John Patrick Shanley's A Fool and Her Fortune (NY Stage and Film, 1992); and in the Roundabout Theatre production of Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! (1999), for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination.

Grey's film credits include Cabaret (Academy Award); Frank Perry's Man on A Swing (1974); Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976); Herbert Ross' The Seven Percent Solution (1976); Guy Hamilton's Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, Golden Globe Nomination); Steven Soderbergh's Kafka (1991); Altman's The Player (1992); Phillip Haas' The Music of Chance (1993); Michael Ritchie's adaptation of The Fantasticks (2000); Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark (2000) with Bjork and Catherine Deneuve; and Clark Gregg's Choke, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Grey's recent television credits include "Alias," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Brooklyn Bridge" (Emmy Award-nomination), "Oz," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "House," "Brothers & Sisters," "Private Practice," and "Grey's Anatomy." In April 2010, The Paley Center for Media in New York presented "An Evening with Joel Grey," celebrating Joel's remarkable, multi-decade career in television.

Grey is also an internationally exhibited, acclaimed photographer. He has had three photography books published: Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006), and 1.3: Images from My Phone (2009).

Joel Grey is one of the only two actors to have won the Tony, Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe awards for the same role (as the Emcee in the stage and screen versions of Cabaret). In 1984, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and has received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Artist Award from the Los Angeles Music Center. In 1993, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis presented Grey with the Municipal Arts Society medal naming him a Living New York Landmark. In October 2009, Grey performed at Carnegie Hall, alongside Lady Gaga, Bono, Rufus Wainwright and more to benefit (RED) to help stop AIDS in Africa.





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