“Star quality: I don’t know what it is, but I’ve got it.”
STAR QUALITY: The World of Noël Coward
A major exhibition on the life of the 20
th Century icon
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
March 12th to June 9th, 2012
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and the Noël
Coward Foundation are delighted to announce that Star Quality: The World of Noël
Coward, a major exhibition focusing on Coward as playwright; composer; director; stage,
screen, and cabaret performer; and, international celebrity, will run March 12
th to June 9th, 2012 in the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery at The New York Public Library for
the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
With unparalleled access to the Coward Archives and drawing on public and private
collections in Europe and the US as well as his homes in Switzerland and Jamaica, Star
Quality features photographs, programs, scripts, costumes, personal effects, memorabilia,
and other objects, many previously unseen; as well as audio and video components.
The Lincoln Center presentation of Star Quality is an expanded version of an exhibition
first seen at Ten Chimneys in Wisconsin, and then at London's National Theatre; San
Francisco's Museum of Performance & Design; and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences in Los Angeles.
Star Quality, in its New York incarnation, represents the most comprehensive exhibition
on Noël Coward ever assembled including rare material from the collections of The New
York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
In addition, a series of related public and educational programs will be presented city
wide, in conjunction with the exhibition.
"The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is honored to be hosting this
wonderful exhibit with the Noël Coward Foundation," said Jacqueline Z. Davis, Barbara
G. and Lawrence A. Fleischman Executive Director of The New York Public Library for
the Performing Arts. "Whether on stage or screen, Noël Coward was one of the true icons
of the performing arts in the 20th century. I cannot think of a better location to honor Sir
Noël and his legendary career than The New York Public Library for the Performing
On the announcement, Alan Brodie, Chair of the Noel Coward Foundation, said, “Noël
Coward had a very special relationship with New York City, which was home to many of his great successes.
It is fitting that the most comprehensive exhibition ever created
about Coward be hosted by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in the
heart of the city he adored.”
Star Quality: The World of Noël Coward is presented by The New York Public Library
for the Performing Arts and the Noël Coward Foundation and in collaboration with the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Museum of Performance &
Design, San Francisco.
Noël Coward is widely known as the creator of a number of stage classics and as the
composer of songs such as “I’ll See You Again,” “Mad About the Boy” and “Mad Dogs
and Englishmen.” Recent productions of “Present Laughter,” “Blithe Spirit” and “Brief
Encounter” on Broadway together with a number of new publications and recordings
have shown that the work of ‘The Master’ seem particularly appealing to today’s
generation. Later this year, a Pre Broadway production of “Private Lives” starring Kim
Cattrall and directed by Sir Richard Eyre opens in Toronto following a hugely successful
run in London.
Further information will be released later in the year.