Times Square Alliance Unveils First Holiday Show Globes

by Stage Directions
The Show Globe for Wicked. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk for the Times Square Alliance
The Show Globe for Wicked. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk for the Times Square Alliance

Times Square to host holiday “Show Globes” – large snow globe displays inspired by the designs of hit Broadway shows – throughout the holiday season

The Times Square Alliance unveiled the first holiday “Show Globes” in Times Square on the Broadway Plaza between 44th and 45th Streets. The event included remarks by the Alliance President, Tim Tompkins as well as representatives from each of the four Broadway shows. “Show Globes” will be on display in Times Square through December 26, 2019.

This holiday season the Times Square Alliance celebrates the creativity of Broadway designers and the power of live theater with these “Show Globes.” They feature designs inspired by some of the most-loved musicals on Broadway and invite passersby to admire the imagination and talent that give life to every show. The four “Show Globes” are inspired by the designs of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, Dear Evan Hansen, The Lion King, and Wicked.

The Times Square Alliance partnered with Serino Coyne, a live entertainment advertising and marketing agency, on the curation and development of the 2019 “Show Globes” exhibition.

Here are some details about the inspiration for each “Show Globe” as well as designer credits:

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations
Inspired by the legendary group’s signature dance moves and cool style, the Ain’t Too Proud “Show Globe” features the Classic Five Temptations all wrapped for the holidays.

Lead Designer: Robert Brill – Scenic Designer, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

Design Team:
Robert Brill – Scenic Designer
Justin Humphres & Anna Robinson – Assistant Set Designers
The Show Globe for Aint Too Proud. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk for the Times Square Alliance

Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, presents a “Show Globe” inspired by the show’s universal message of acceptance. The globe features a tableau set in the show’s orchard finale, complete with song titles from the Tony and Grammy-winning score.

Lead Designer: David Korins – Scenic Designer, Dear Evan Hansen

Design Team:
David Korins – Creative Director
The Show Globe for Dear Evan Hansen. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk for the Times Square Alliance

The Lion King
Inspired by The Lion King’s amazing sets, colorful costumes, and inventive puppetry, this “Show Globe” depicts the breathtaking “Circle of Life” scene, featuring the sun rising on Rafiki surrounded by the animals of the Pridelands. Rafiki is a wax figure provided courtesy of Madame Tussaud’s. Pride rock, the giraffe and bird kites are all mini-replicas of the actual elements from the show.

Lead Designer: Peter Eastman – Associate Scenic Designer

Design Team: 
Peter Eastman – lead designer
Carolyn Wong – lighting designer
The Show Globe for The Lion King. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk for the Times Square Alliance

Wicked
Inspired by the bond between Wicked’s two iconic witches, Elphaba and Glinda, this Show Globe features the Land of Oz skyline, striking clock gears motif and magnificent costumes from the musical’s Tony Award-winning scenic and costume designs.

Lead Designer (with affiliation to original show): Edward Pierce – Wicked Associate Scenic Designer, Design Adaptation & Supervision (All Worldwide Productions)

Design Team:
Design Assistants: Stephen Davan and Kelly Pooler – sketching, construction drawings F&D Scene Changes-scenic fabrication and painting
Brenbri Properties & Four Horsemen – Elphaba and Glinda figures
Amanda Whidden – Costume Coordinator, Wicked Worldwide
Joe Dulude II - Make-Up Designer
Neil McShane - Production Electrician
The Wicked Globe with Scenic Designers Edward Pierce and Eugene Lee