Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 109: Public Legacy, Private Equity

Michael and Jessica reminisce about the career of Hal Prince, the producer, director and Sondheim collaborator who reinvigorated the Broadway musical and died last month at 91.

Michael says:
Whenever I'm trying to justify my enthusiasm for musical theater to my fellow designers — many of whom are like my wife and can barely abide these things — I often will say, what makes it inspiring for me is that they're really very specific examples of total design. And someone like Prince would approach a show and would obsess over everything: the lighting, the sets, the casting, the performances, the order of the songs…
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Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand Jessica Helfand, a founding editor of Design Observer, is an award-winning graphic designer and writer. A former contributing editor and columnist for Print, Eye and Communications Arts magazine, she is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and a recent laureate of the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. Jessica received both her BA and MFA from Yale University where she has taught since 1994. In 2013, she won the AIGA medal.

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