- Ayers, Lemuel
- Call number
- *T-Vim 2010-040
- Physical description
- 1 box (21 drawings); 33 blueprints; 15 technical drawings
- Preferred Citation
- Lemuel Ayers set designs, elevations and blueprints, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
- Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Award winning designer of sets and costumes and a theatrical producer, Lemuel Ayers (1915-1955) had a brief but brilliant career with extensive Broadway credits including High button shoes and Oklahoma! He was born in New York City and received a degree in architecture from Princeton University and a degree in drama from the University of Iowa. Original set designs, working drawings and sketches, blueprints, elevations, floor plans, and sections by Lemuel Ayers for the following productions: Ariadne auf Naxos (opera; Central City Opera House, Central City, Colorado), 1954; Angel street (also titled Gaslight) by Patrick Hamilton, 1941; Bloomer girl by Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy, adapted from a play by Lilith and Dan James; music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, 1944; Camino real by Tennessee Williams, 1953; Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, adapted by Brian Hooker, 1946; Inside U.S.A. (revue, book by Arnold Auerbach, Moss Hart, Arnold B. Horwitt, Joseph Stein, and Will Glickman; music by Arthur Schwartz; lyrics by Howard Dietz), 1948; Kiss me Kate (book by Sam and Bella Spewack; music and lyrics by Cole Porter), 1948; The pajama game (book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, based on the novel, 7 1/2 cents, by Richard Bissell; music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross), 1954; The pirate by S. N. Behrman, adapted from a play by Ludwig Fulda; music by Herbert Kingsley, 1942; and St. Louis woman (book by Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen; music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Johnny Mercer), 1946.
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498