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Poster

2006 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This poster was designed to advertise the arrival of Movin' Out from Broadway to the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London. Movin' Out tells the story of a generation of American youth growing up on Long Island, New York, during the 1960s and their experiences with the Vietnam War. The principal characters are drawn from those who appeared in various Billy Joel songs. On Broadway Movin' Out had a run of 1331 performances, but ticket sales in London were disappointing and the production only ran for 16 weeks.

This production was one of many in recent years to use already famous pop songs by an individual band or performer, such as Mamma Mia, written around the songs of Abba, and We Will Rock You which uses the songs of Queen. Movin' Out was also promoted as a musical; the involvement of the contemporary choreographer Twyla Tharp, however, meant that it was actually a dance performance set to the songs of Billy Joel. The vocals were performed by a pianist and band suspended above the stage, whilst the performers acted out the narrative through contemporary dance.


Object details

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Object type
Materials and techniques
Offset lithography on paper
Brief description
Poster produced in 2006 to advertise the new musical Movin' Out at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Physical description
Poster on matt finish paper, with a white into blue gradient background, featuring a battered street sign in the shape of shield in the upper centre, and a male and female dancer in the lower left quarter. The sign has the names of the songwriter and choreographer at the top (BILLY JOEL and TWYLER THARP), on a red background and the title of the musical, 'Movin' Out', in white capital letters on a blue background. The dancers are facing forward, leaning into one another; she is wearing a revealing fuschia dress, with her arm going behind the man's neck, her leg stretched out in front of him. The man has his hand on her outstretched leg, and is wearing a white vest and blue jeans. The text to the right of them reads '5 Lifelong Friends, 2 Turbulent Decades, 24 Billy Joel Classics'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 508mm
  • Width: 317mm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and inscriptions
Object history
Poster produced in 2006 to advertise the new musical Movin' Out at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Featuring the pop songs of Billy Joel, and choreography by Twyla Tharp, it ran for 16 weeks from March 28, 2006.
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Summary
This poster was designed to advertise the arrival of Movin' Out from Broadway to the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London. Movin' Out tells the story of a generation of American youth growing up on Long Island, New York, during the 1960s and their experiences with the Vietnam War. The principal characters are drawn from those who appeared in various Billy Joel songs. On Broadway Movin' Out had a run of 1331 performances, but ticket sales in London were disappointing and the production only ran for 16 weeks.

This production was one of many in recent years to use already famous pop songs by an individual band or performer, such as Mamma Mia, written around the songs of Abba, and We Will Rock You which uses the songs of Queen. Movin' Out was also promoted as a musical; the involvement of the contemporary choreographer Twyla Tharp, however, meant that it was actually a dance performance set to the songs of Billy Joel. The vocals were performed by a pianist and band suspended above the stage, whilst the performers acted out the narrative through contemporary dance.
Collection
Accession number
S.160-2007

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Record createdOctober 10, 2007
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