David Edward Byrd (1941 -)

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David Edward Byrd - FOLLIES FOLLIESDavid Edward Byrd - FOLLIES FOLLIES
9" x 12"
Program Cover Complete
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Original 1971 FOLLIES FOLLIES. Artwork by David Edward Byrd. The artist is also known for his famous Jimmy Hendrix rock poster. The ink, transparent dyes, and Letrafilm on white board that created this Follies image is part of the Collection of Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

This artwork on the cover was based on a photo of Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express.

Stephen Sondheim produced this musical called Follies.

In addition to the fame of this image; this specific copy is from the Don Arden estate.

The collection of original Broadway programs were part of the collection of Don Arden. Arden was famous for bring the Lido to Las Vegas. His retirement home in Palm Springs was called Casa Lido.

Arden decided he was better suited to organize and direct dance shows rather than perform in them. Arden's dance troupe headlined the Desert Inn's opening in 1950. He later developed the Lido de Paris show (based on the show in the Lido in Paris), which ran at the Stardust from 1958 to 1991, and the Jubilee! show at Bally's.[1][2]

Donn Arden was credited with developing the Las Vegas showgirl image — a statuesque dancer in sequins, feathers and wearing a tall headpiece.

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