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Keith Haring

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From: KPRS (KPRS_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Feb 28 2003 - 18:09:08 PST


On Wednesday I went and saw the new musical about Keith Haring "Radiant Baby", which is presently in previews at the Public Theater in NYC and most likely (because it is backed by Steven Spielberg's company Dreamworks) will move to Broadway. It is a wonderful show that showcases his life and work in a joyous musical with 80's dance music and imagery. His lovelife is threaded into the story, but is not offensive in anyway to those who do not feel comfortable with the gay lifestyle. (think Village People dancing at a club called "Paradise", and you have the gist of the play's attempt to explain gay New York in the 80's). Mainly the play is about his art and his work with children. The second act is so poignant and moving. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house when Keith finally dies in the end of aids at the age of 31. Andy Warhol and Madonna are two characters that appear in the play as well. There is a really revealing scene with Andy and Keith that talks about the art world and commercialism. I recommend the play highly to anyone coming to NYC.

San D

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