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Andrew Alpern Collection of Edward Gorey Materials, 1954-2019

Series III: Performing arts, circa 1954-2016

Series III contains materials related to Gorey's work in the performing arts, including theatre, music, dance, and television. It includes items associated with Gorey's work on performing arts productions, notably the Tony award-winning 1977 Broadway revival of Dracula (for which Gorey designed sets and costumes) and the television series Mystery!, as well as various other works written by Gorey. It also includes work created by Gorey to promote other performing arts organizations, such as the New York City Ballet, Cape and Islands Chamber Music, and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, there are a small number of audio recordings with packaging designed by Gorey, and a poster and program for a 2016 play about Gorey's life.

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Box 25 Item 304 Odd Songs and a Poem LP record, circa 1954

Performed by Cyril Ritchard, with Elaine Dunn, accompanied by Stuart Ross at the piano. Gorey jacket drawings, Dolphin Records, New York 22, NY.


Box 25 Item 303 You Read to Me, I'll Read to You by John Ciardi LP record, 1962

Gorey jacket drawings (same as book), Spoken Arts Inc, New Rochelle, New York.


Box 25 Item 301 The Dream World of Dion McGregor LP record, 1964

Compilation and notes by Jules L. Green, jacket illustrations by Gorey (same as book), Decca.



Mapcase 15-J-15 Folder 2 Item 46 Poster for The Wrong Box, by Columbia Pictures, 1966

Includes three Gorey colored drawings, together with multipage promotional booklet with Gorey drawings.



Box 9 Folder 36 Item 393 New York City Ballet 50th season program, 1970 April 21 - June 14

With Gorey illustrations, including first appearance of The Lavender Leotard.



Box 25 Rumpelstiltskin: A Folktale retold by Edith H. Tarcov, 1973

Album sleeve illustrations by Edward Gorey.



Box 9 Folder 37 Item 70 Program for Dracula, The Nantucket Stage Company, Cyrus Peirce Theatre, 1973 Summer



Mapcase 15-J-15 Folder 2 Item 16 Trinity Square Repertory Company, Lillian Hellman Tribute poster, 1975 November-December

Another Part of the Forest, The Little Foxes.



Box 25 Item 302 The Hapless Child and other Inscrutable Stories LP record, 1976

Music by Michael Mantler, Words by Edward Gorey, Watt Works, New York. Gorey drawings on cover.



Box 18 Folder 1 Item 416 Scrapbook 1: Dracula, 1976-1980, 2002

1. Metropolitan Diary, The New York Times, December 27, 1976 2. Page of small ads and articles 3. "Dracula at its Gorey-ist," The Boston Globe, September 28, 1977 4. "A Pain in The Neck," New York Magazine, September 19, 1977 5. "I Never Drink . . Wine," by Liz Smith, Daily News, October 24, 1977 6. Al Hirschfield caricature of Frank Langella as Dracula, New York Times 7. Full page ad, New York Magazine, September 28, 1977 8. "`Dracula' bats good," by Earl Wilson 9. Postcard with Dracula/Lucy drawing 10. Four small photos of Gorey 11. "Langella is Count Dracula down to the teeth" by Douglas Watt, Daily News, October 21, 1977 12. "Theater: `Dracula,' Elegant But Bloodless on Broadway," by Richard Eder, New York Times 13. "`Dracula' is pure escape, great fun," by Martin Gottfried, New York Post, October 21, 1977 14. The Theatre: Out of Dublin, by Brendan Gill, The New Yorker 15. Two ads quoting reviews 16. "Edward Gorey Onstage," by Peter Andrews, Horizon, November 1977 17. "Gorey on `Dracula' - I did it for the money," by Barry Cunningham, New York Times 18. "Kinky Count" by T.E. Kalem, Time Magazine October 31, 1977 19. "Gothics by Gorey," Newsweek, October 31, 1977 20. "Dracula Lives!," Newsweek, October 31, 1977 21. "Gorey Scenes from Transylvania," The Soho Weekly News, October 27, 1977 22. "Dingbat" by John Simon, New York Magazine 23. Full page illustration and caption, After Dark December 1977 24. "Home Beat: Going Batty" by Joan Kron, New York Times, January 19, 1978 25. Article on Tonys, mentioning Gorey win, New York Times, June 5, 1978 26. Dracula Kona Tiki ad, New York Magazine, June 5, 1978 27. "Dracupuncture, Transylvanian Style" by Richard Philp, After Dark, March 1978 28. Dracula Won 1978 Tony Award, ad in New York Times 29. Color photo of London production set, Sunday Times [London] Magazine, November 26, 1978 30. Al Hirschfield caricature of Jean LeClerc as Dracula with article, New York Times, July 27, 1979 31. "Dracula to Close Jan. 6," New York Times, 1980 32. Ad for Dracula Damask wallcovering and fabric 33. Postcard (2 copies to show both sides): He's Back (image of Dracula in coffin), September 2002 34. "The Toast of Broadway [Frank Langella]," Syracuse University Alumni News, Winter 1978 35. Dracula-themed ad for Risom/Burr Desk Collection 36. Count Dracula as Early Rumanian Freedom Fighter by John Darnton, New York Times, December 16, 1979 37. Romanian Library. . .Cultural Boon, by Louise D'Onofrio 38. "Count Dracula - Vampire or Patriot?" by Robert Brody, Eastside Courier, December 30, 1976 39. "The Enduring Fascination of Dracula" by John J. O'Connor, New York Times 40. "A Blooming Mystery Story" by Ron Alexander, New York Times, April 26, 1980 41. ad for The Passion of Dracula at the Cherry Lane Theatre, September 16, 1977 42. "Theater: Dracula Up in the Air," by Richard Eder [review of The Passion of Dracula] New York Times 43. Press release for Vampirism: A Brief Exploration, March 21, 1977 44. Three stick-on labels titled Dracula, with Gorey drawing 45. Dracula Commands Your Presence, promotional invitation/flyer to a Dracula opening night benefit for The Parks Council



Box 9 Folder 38 Item 102 Frank Langella in Dracula souvenir booklet, Johnray Publishing, New York, 1977


Box 9 Folder 39 Item 69 Playbill for Dracula, 1977 October 1

At Martin Beck Theatre. With New York Times review and interview of actor Richard Kavanaugh (played Renfield) of February 17, 1978 laid in.


Box 9 Folder 40 Item 95 Invitation to the opening night of Dracula and an after-theater dinner party, 1977 October 20

For the benefit of The Parks Council. With related material in the original addressed envelope.


Box 9 Folder 41 Item 395 Gorey Stories program, 1977 December

With flyer. At WPA Theatre, 138 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Opened December 8, 1977.


Box 9 Folder 42 Item 53 Two original photographic prints from television images of Gorey being interviewed by Dick Cavett,, 1977 December 19 or November 30

Photos taken by Andrew Alpern, with contact sheet and negatives in sleeves.


Box 9 Folder 43 Item 423 Gorey Theater, 1977-2009

Articles and clippings related to Gorey's involvement with theatrical performances.



Box 4 Folder 7 Item 11 Frank Langella in Dracula poster, circa 1977-1978

Martin Beck Theatre, 302 West 45th St.



Box 3 Folder 8 Item 12 Dracula poster, circa 1977-1978

Martin Beck Theatre, 302 West 45th St.



Box 23 Item 96 I saw Dracula! t-shirt, circa 1977-1978

Dracula standing behind Lucy, with two drops of blood above them.


Box 23 Item 97 I saw Dracula! t-shirt, circa 1977-1978

Dracula flying over a swooning Lucy, with two drops of blood above them.



Box 22 Item 98 Dracula Damask fabric memo sample from Kirk Brummel Associates, circa 1977-1978

Repeat design of bat, woman, and draped vines.



Box 20 Item 103 Dracula pendant, circa 1977-1978



Mapcase 15-J-15 Folder 1 Item 9 Original photographic reproductions of original sketch designs and finished drawings for Dracula, 1978

For the sets, costumes, and related materials for the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula, all done by Edward Gorey, with the original invoice dated 1/27/78. Ten such portfolios were produced by the Gotham Book Mart early in 1978.



Box 9 Folder 44 Item 76 New York City Ballet flyer, 1978



Box 3 Folder 9 Item 35 Gorey Stories poster, 1978

An Entertainment with Music, Booth Theatre, 222 West 45 Street, New York City.



Box 4 Folder 8 Item 99 Dracula Damask vinylized wallpaper sample from Kirk Brummel Associates, 1978

Repeat design of bat, woman, and draped vines. With press release.



Box 9 Folder 45 Item 71 Playbill for Dracula with Terence Stamp, Shaftesbury Theatre, London, circa 1978 September 13


Box 9 Folder 46 Item 72 Promotional flyer for Terence Stamp in Dracula at the Shaftsbury Theatre, London, circa 1978 September 13


Box 9 Folder 47 Item 396 Gorey Stories opening night Playbill, the Booth Theatre, 1978 October 30



Box 10 Folder 1 Item 397 Gorey Stories Playbill, the Booth Theatre, 1978 October

With group cast photo (including Gorey) on page 46 instead of individual photos.



Box 23 Item 104 Stuffed bat, 1980


Box 23 Item 105 Stuffed bat, 1980



Box 25 Item 305 Gorey by Grimes, Stories by Edward Gorey LP record, 1980

Performed by Tammy Grimes with music, Caedmon, New York. Photo of Gorey in a wood box on the cover, liner notes by Linda Stevens.


Box 25 Item 306 Gorey by Grimes, Stories by Edward Gorey audiocassette, 1980

Performed by Tammy Grimes with music, Caedmon, New York. Photo of Gorey in a wood box on the cover.



Box 4 Folder 9 Item 19 Atlantic Theatre Company poster for The Importance of Being Earnest, circa 1981


Box 4 Folder 10 Item 20 Atlantic Theatre Company poster for Late Night Cabaret, circa 1981


Box 4 Folder 11 Item 21 Atlantic Theatre Company poster for Diary of a Scoundrel, circa 1981

With a gate-fold promotional flyer.



Box 10 Folder 2 Atlantic Theatre Company Second Season in Barnstable promotional pamphlet, 1981

Illustrations by Gorey throughout.



Box 4 Folder 12 Item 18 Atlantic Theatre Company poster for Second Season in Barnstable, 1981 July 2 - August 22



Box 27 Item 25 Mystery! G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown The Divine Detective poster, 1982


Box 27 Item 28 Mystery! Sweeney Todd poster, 1982



Box 4 Folder 13 Item 24 "Mystery! So entertaining - it's criminal," poster, circa 1982



Box 10 Folder 3 Item 78 ALLeGOREY program, Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982 April 24

With printed pink ticket stub.


Box 10 Folder 4 Item 392 Agnes of God Playbill, 1982 December

Includes promotional page for Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, with three Gorey drawings from the book.


Box 10 Folder 5 Item 399 Steaming Playbill, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 1982 December

Three Gorey drawings of cats on page 22.



Box 27 Item 26 "Mystery! So entertaining - it's criminal," poster, 1982-1983


Box 27 Item 27 "Mystery! So entertaining - it's criminal," poster, 1982-1983



Box 23 Item 134 The Metropolitan Opera, 1883-1983 t-shirt, 1983

Two elaborately costumed opera singers, each with shield, spear, and helmet, surmounted by "Happy Birthday" in five languages.



Box 22 Item 150 The Metropolitan Opera, 1883-1983 greeting cards, 1983

Printed with a multi-color design in honor of the company's 100th birthday.



Box 10 Folder 6 Gorey Stories: A Musical Entertainment script, 1983

French's Musical Library published edition, by Samuel French, Inc., New York.



Box 4 Folder 14 Item 17 Poster for Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1983 April 14-30



Box 10 Folder 7 Item 391 Program for Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1983 April 14-30


Box 10 Folder 8 Item 281 Postcard invitation for Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival poster viewing at Gotham Book Mart, 1984 June 26



Mapcase 15-J-15 Folder 2 Item 13 Cape And Islands Chamber Music Festival Fifth Season poster, 1984 August



Box 10 Folder 9 Item 285 Cape and Islands Chamber Music newsletter, 1984 Fall



Box 17 Folder 6 Item 75 Symphonies For Youth flyer, 1985

A series of programs of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, illustrated with frog musicians.



Box 10 Folder 10 Item 282A Cape and Islands Chamber Music, Sixth season, August 1985, benefit evening invitation, 1985 April 3



Box 4 Folder 15 Item 30 Tinned Lettuce poster, 1985 April 17-27

As noted on the poster, Tinned Lettuce was a musical written and designed by Gorey.



Box 10 Folder 11 Item 402 Tinned Lettuce program, 1985 April-May

With promotional postcard (printed on paper) and New York Times review of May 1, 1985. Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 725 Broadway, New York City.


Box 10 Folder 12 Item 282 Cape and Islands Chamber Music, Sixth season flyer, 1985 August

Including announcement of limited edition sale of posters designed by Edward Gorey.


Box 10 Folder 13 Item 283A Cape and Islands Chamber Music, Seventh season fundraising appeal, 1986


Box 10 Folder 13 Item 283 Cape and Islands Chamber Music, Seventh season flyer, 1986 August


Box 10 Folder 14 Item 400 Lost Shoelaces program, Woods Hole Community Hall, 1987 August


Box 10 Folder 14 Item 401 Lost Shoelaces postcard, Woods Hole Community Hall,, 1987 August



Box 4 Folder 16 Item 38 Lost Shoelaces poster, 1987 August

A Musical Entertainment Devised and Designed by Edward Gorey, Woods Hole Community Hall.



Box 10 Folder 15 Item 39 Lost Shoelaces flyer, 1987 August

A Musical Entertainment Devised and Designed by Edward Gorey, Woods Hole Community Hall.



Box 17 Folder 7 Item 86 The American Quilter's Society wall calendar, 1993

January shows a quilt done by Claudia Edmonds incorporating nine Gorey drawings from Mystery!, with one of them on the cover.



Box 10 Folder 16 Item 259 Postcard for Amphigorey: A Musicale, 1994 April-May

April 9th - May 22nd 1994, Q. R. V. Company, The Perry Street Theatre.


Box 10 Folder 16 Item 394 Amphigorey: a Musicale program, 1994 April-May

Opened April 16, 1994, Perry Street Theatre.


Box 10 Folder 17 Item 261 Postcard for Chinese Gossip, Theater on the Bay, Trading Post Corners, Bourne, 1994 July-August


Box 10 Folder 18 Item 602 Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra Sounds of Summer Pops program, 1996 July 6

With cover illustration by Edward Gorey.



Box 22 Item 308 The Freeze: One False Move CD, 1999



Box 10 Folder 19 Item 398 The Gorey Details Playbill, 2000 October 20

The Century Theater, 111 East 15 Street, New York City. With ticket stub, Mel Gussow New York Times article October 16, 2000, and other review quotes.



Box 25 Item 309 The Hapless Child and other Inscrutable Stories CD, circa 2001

Music by Michael Mantler, words and artwork by Edward Gorey. A WATT Production.



Box 22 Item 307 The Gorey End, The Tiger Lillies with the Kronos Quartet, 2003

Covers, notes, and disc labeling, with additional color photocopy of the [included] illustrated booklet.



Box 2 Folder 7 Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey poster, 2016 December

Designed by Russell Warren-Fisher.



Box 10 Folder 20 Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey Playbill, presented by the Life Jacket Theatre Company at the Sheen Center in New York City, 2016 December

With a souvenir bookmark and ticket stub, plus printed reviews.



Box 4 Folder 17 Item 22 Atlantic Theatre Company poster for A History of the American Film, undated



Box 3 Folder 10 Item 29 New York City Ballet poster, undated

Dancer's feet in first through fifth positions, separated by lines.



Box 10 Folder 21 Item 79 Eglevsky Ballet Company flyer, undated

With Gorey cover illustration and brief biographical paragraph inside.


Box 10 Folder 21 Item 81 Eglevsky Ballet Company program, undated

Presented by The Nantucket Stage Company, with sets and costumes by Gorey. The broadside includes a Gorey set design for Swan Lake.



Box 20 Item 90 Mystery! decorative object, undated

A coffin with removable lid, carved in relief with a woman wearing a bat hat, holding a sign inscribed MYSTERY!, carrying a fan with a skeleton on it, and standing on a skull, flanked by two dogs.


Box 20 Item 91 Mystery! coffee mug, undated

Gorey design of three croquet players and three rocks. Changes when heated in use by hot beverage.


Box 20 Item 92 Coffee mug, undated

Gorey design of woman on couch with plant and heavy curtain. Changes when heated in use by hot beverage.



Box 10 Folder 22 Item 93 Mystery! promotional package, undated

Folder with colored Gorey drawing on front, containing 13 press releases, four photographs (one of Gorey with Gene Shalit), newspaper clipping, and booklet.



Box 4 Folder 18 Item 101 Dracula Festoons coated wallpaper sample from Kirk Brummel Associates, undated

Repeat design of draped vines.



Box 10 Folder 23 Item 115 New York City Ballet Faux Pas Series notecards, undated


Box 10 Folder 23 Item 116 New York City Ballet correspondence notecards with drawings of dancers, undated



Box 23 Item 123 Mystery! t-shirt, undated



Box 22 Item 125 Gorey Stories t-shirt, undated

With two winged creatures.


Box 22 Item 130 New York City Ballet t-shirt, undated

Dancer's feet in first through fifth positions, separated by lines and lettering.



Box 23 Item 131 New York City Ballet t-shirt, undated

Dancer's feet in first through fifth positions, separated by lines and lettering.


Box 23 Item 132 New York City Ballet t-shirt, undated

A dancer's shoe en pointe, with lettering on one of the straps, and with a small cat peeking out from inside the toe.


Box 23 Item 133 New York Kitty Ballet t-shirt, undated

With two dancing cats.


Box 23 Item 135 The Tenor Metropolitan Opera t-shirt, undated

Elaborately costumed man with moustache in high-heeled boots.


Box 23 Item 136 The Bass Metropolitan Opera t-shirt, undated

Sinister-looking bearded man in full-length fur-trimmed coat and many rings.


Box 23 Item 137 The Contralto Metropolitan Opera t-shirt, undated

Intense, elaborately costumed woman with high hairdo and a dagger.


Box 23 Item 138 The Soprano Metropolitan Opera t-shirt, undated

Singing woman in elaborate full-length dress, with a long string of pearls, holding a closed fan.



Box 22 Item 139 New York City Ballet plastic bags, undated

Dancer's feet in first through fifth positions, separated by lines and lettering.



Box 23 Item 141 New York City Ballet pot holder, undated

A dancer's shoe en pointe, with lettering on one of the straps, and with a small cat peeking out from inside the toe.


Box 23 Item 142 New York Kitty Ballet pot holder, undated

Dancing cat in toque with mixing spoon and bowl.



Box 24 Item 143 The Metropolitan Opera shower curtain, undated

Symmetrical design done for the Metropolitan Opera, but without lettering. Showing a moustached Egyptian man with fan, and small child with torch, attending a scantily-clad bejeweled woman between Egyptian columns and an arch of snakes holding a ribbon.



Box 20 Item 144 Mystery! coffee mug, undated

Showing a standing woman, a man seated at a small round table with an empty chair and a half-filled wine glass, and a woman's body and a wine glass on the floor.


Box 20 Item 145 New York City Ballet coffee mug, undated

Five dancers in various poses, one en pointe.



Box 24 Item 146 New York City Ballet drink cups, undated

Half showing a female dancer, half a male dancer, each printed in a different color. Including names of ballets, composers, etc.



Box 10 Folder 24 Item 149 Two sets of playing cards titled "Rehearsal" and "Performance", undated

One set shows a kohl-eyed ballerina in a dress, performing en pointe. The other set shows a plain dancer in leg warmers with a rose on her scarf.



Box 20 Item 151 New York City Ballet pins, undated

Showing dancers in various poses, three with color.


Box 20 Item 152 New York Kitty Ballet pins, undated

Each with a different dancing cat.


Box 20 Item 153 Gorey Stories pins, undated

Each showing a dog with wings, two titled "Opening Night," two titled "O the of it all."


Box 20 Item 154 Pins, undated

Each for a performance of Gorey material. "Tinned Lettuce" and "Chinese Gossip" as drawings on a black background; "Lost Shoelaces," "Stuffed Elephants," and "Blithering Christmas" as drawings on a white background.