Photo by Ken Gabrielsen
Inside an old industrial building by the Hudson River sits, surprisingly, a grand staircase. This large piece is a part of the lavish set for the new production of My Fair Lady that’s being built by Hudson Scenic in Yonkers. Designers, carpenters, painters, and theatrical engineers team up within 120,000 sq. ft. of studio space to construct scenery for some of Broadway’s most successful shows, including Hamilton, Aladdin, and The Lion King. The sets are built in sections, or modules, to make sure they fit inside theater entryways, and transported to Manhattan in trailers. “We have a lot of very smart people here,” says production manager Carrie Winkler, who adds, “We can do almost anything,” even high-tech sets that move, fly, or track.
An artist’s vision need not be limited to what they can personally create with their two hands, thanks to people like Malcolm MacDougall III. His company, Sultz in Dobbs Ferry, helps artists bring their ideas into reality, by welding large steel structures, casting sculptures in bronze, or whatever large job needs doing to prepare for an installation. MacDougall, an artist himself, says his sensibility helps bring out the subtleties of
the artists’ intentions. One of MacDougall’s own large works was recently installed at the Bethany Arts Community in Ossining.
Betty and Veronica would be happy to know they’re still popular. Now almost 80 years old, the Archie Comics franchise is going strong. Produced in Pelham, after moving from Mamaroneck three years ago, the company’s many publications are being bolstered in popularity by The CW series Riverdale, based on the comic strip’s well-known characters. More exciting news for fans: Spinoff Sabrina the Teenage Witch (to be played by Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka) is getting her own show on Netflix.
Derek Jeter, Eli Manning, and Bill Clinton are all proud owners of Charles Fazzino originals. The renowned pop artist’s visually exciting 3D prints and sculptures of cities, sporting events, and pop-culture icons hang in galleries, public spaces, and private collections the world over and are created at Fazzino’s large New Rochelle studio. A Pelham native, Fazzino has been working in Westchester for more than 30 years. His company has grown to require a small staff to help him assemble the fine-art cutouts, glitter, and Swarovski crystals that compose his striking work.