Richard Gere: one man with two occupations. He is both an Officer and a Gentleman. Bad jokes aside, a musical version was written and is currently on stage somewhere in the country/continent of Australia. I designed an apparel line for them inspired by the 1982 movie. Check it.
A while back, Selfless Tees contacted me to design a tee for an architecture non-profit Architecture for Humanity. Each shirt sold will give more money to this organization that helps build housing in Third World countries. This campaign is up and running; it’s a limited edition selling for the next two weeks. Buy the shirt here!
Nice Work If You Can Get It takes place during Al Capone’s Kingdom of American Dream Wholesomeness. I designed some liquor’n'bar materials to keep the body warm and the blood thin.
Matthew Broderick (for the remainder of this literature, “Matthew Broderick” will be referred to as “Inspector Gadget”), highly-regarded for his role in the 1998 summer blockbuster, Godzilla, and married to a horse-faced woman, is starring along side Kelli O’hara (for the remainder of this literature, “Kelly O’hara” will be referred to as “Woman No One Knows”) in a brand new Gershwin Broadway musical this coming Spring: Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Here’s a quick synopsis I gathered from reading the script:
It’s Depression-era USA, Long Island-style. Inspector Gadget is a wonderfully boastful and rich drunkard who stumbles through life using his agreeableness, allurement, appeal, attractiveness, beauty, bewitchery, charisma, charm, delightfulness, desirability, glamour, grace, lure, magnetism, pizzazz, and all-around boat-loads of money. The Woman No One Knows meets Inspector Gadget at a bar and finds out he owns a mansion on Long Island that he never frequents. The Woman No One Knows is a beer baron of sorts and decides to store all her recently imported illegal hootch to Inspector Gadget‘s house.
Turns out Inspector Gadget is getting married the next day AT the house on Long Island…
Zanny hijinks ensue!
This is the logo I designed for Nice Work.
Back on Funny Girl detail. For those of you just tuning into my dial, I’m designing an apparel collection for the Broadway revival of Funny Girl [in collaboration with the Araca Group], the musical that launched Barbra Streisand’s career into an alternate universe where real critics think she has T.A.L.E.N.T.
Don’t Rain on My Parade is easily the most iconic song in Funny Girl. Fanny Brice [Barbra Streisand] is trying to make it in the world is wants to head off to NYC to be with her newly-found boyfriend who also happens to be stinkin’ rich. But who wants to be the voice of reason for her? Who wants to stop her from making the mistake of taking a damn chance in this cruel world? Her friends. All her friends tell her to not go. Way to project the loss of your own hopes’n'dreams…. Fanny [funny name when you think about it] wants nothing to do with this and insta-takes off for NYC with nothing but an orange dress and some LV luggage. Don’t Rain on My Parade: a.k.a Don’t Sh*t on My Pipe Dreams.
This design plays off the original artwork, and is influenced old Saul Bass movie posters. Simple, yet recognizable. The typographical playfulness of the word ‘Parade’ makes this design in my opinion. The off-the-shoulder screen in the second tee adds that ‘touch of the gods’ you want. These tees are definitely taking the song title literally. Due to how iconic this song is, I’m thinking the design is absolutely going to need to have Barbra Streisand…
ON THE NEXT: NICO BATTLES BARBRA’S LEFT NOSTRIL
Will Nico draw Barbra Streisand’s pelican nose to decorate this design? Tune in for another exciting episode.
Previous Funny Girl Posts:
Funny Girl the Musical Revival
Just designed a logo, poster and postcard for a Brooklyn-production of Little Shop of Horrors, a musical about a beautiful potted plant found by a squirrely florist, and put on display in the front window to attract costumers during bad economic times. Here’s the catch, the pretty plant just so happens to be an alien life form that eats humans beings. For a musical… pretty god-blessed entertaining. In the 1986 film, Rick Moranis, the little ghostbuster that could, played the sheepish protagonist.
Never having worked with these people, I shot the director and producer an email with my idea: have the design be influenced heavily by 1960s ‘B’ sci-fi movie posters. These designs are incredible! Fun typography; hyper-real illustrations of women screaming at hideous monsters, vampires, creatures, aliens, and 50ft. women. Luckily, these people were down like clowns for the ‘B’ movie idea.
Things that other Little Shop of Horrors posters don’t focus on is the monster’s eye and the flying saucer/taxi that brings the alien to our all-you-can-eat buffet planet. Supplied with photographs of the heroine screaming, I set out to design an over-packed sci-fi movie poster that had it all: plants, screaming chicks, flying saucers and an eye ball… Check out all my Little Shop of Horrors designs.
If you’re in NYC, and are interested in seeing the musical in Brooklyn, you can purchase tickets here.