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In the summer of 1944, engulfed by a war spread across three continents,
the U.S. Army made a foray into some unlikely territory:
producing Broadway-style musicals.


Join us for the Blueprint Specials, starring two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie & Clyde) and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair). Created by a who’s who of 20th-century American entertainers, including composer Frank Loesser and choreographer José Limón, these original revues were designed as “blueprints” for soldiers to easily put on in the field as a way to boost morale. The Army packaged and distributed them as a complete script, with score and orchestrations, scenic and costume drawings, and instructions for how to put on the show. As such, these extraordinary works can be seen and heard today exactly as their creators intended.

The critically acclaimed theater company Waterwell is excavating and reviving these virtually unknown shows as a collaboration between civilian artists and veterans. Tuneful, subversive and disarmingly witty, the Blueprint Specials offer a fresh and surprising look at the intersection of conflict and culture. Partnering with the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater, Waterwell will present the Blueprint Specials at the Museum. This will be the first staging of these musicals since 1945—and the first ever for the American public.
Click here to see archival images from the original Blueprint Specials.
Click here to read about the cast

Each performance is held aboard Intrepid and lasts approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

This production features loud noises and flashing lights.

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Friday, January 6, 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Saturday, January 7, 8:00pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, January 8, 3:00pm SOLD OUT
*Monday, January 9, 7:00pm SOLD OUT
Wednesday, January 11, 7:30pm SOLD OUT

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*This performance will include American Sign Language interpretation.

The Museum will provide a hearing induction loop for all performances. If you would like to reserve a seat located within the hearing loop or within view of an American Sign Language interpreter (January 9 only), please contact at least one week before the performance.


General: $25
Museum Members: $20

Original Blueprint Specials

Click here to see archival images from the original Blueprint Specials.

Cast Bios
Laura Osnes   Will Swenson

Laura Osnes will return to Broadway next spring in the new musical Bandstand. Her other Broadway credits include the title role in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde, both of which earned her Tony Award nominations. She also starred in the Tony Award–winning revival of Anything Goes and the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific. She has performed with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, New York Pops, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Boston Pops Orchestra. Osnes also has two solo albums, Dream a Little Dream: Live at the Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.


Will Swenson was nominated for a Tony Award, Drama League Award and Drama Desk Award for his performance as Berger in the Broadway revival of Hair. He was last seen on Broadway in Disaster! The Musical, and he previously starred as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. Off stage, his numerous film and television credits include This Is Where I Leave You, The Good Wife and Law & Order. He also directed, co-wrote and starred in the film Sons of Provo, which was featured in several film festivals.