Showtime, featuring Machiko

Here’s something. Good friend and fellow author, Kevin Sylvester, has teamed up with Annick Press to produce Showtime, a fully-illustrated guide to the people working behind the scenes of plays, musicals and concerts. It’s a great book for any young person interested in singing, music, acting, dance or any other aspect stagecraft.


The concept behind Showtime is similar to Kevin’s earlier book, Game Day, about the people working behind the scenes of sporting events. This time, he interviews costume designers, choreographers, instrument makers, pyrotechnic experts and others.

There are even a few pages devoted to my wife, Machiko, who works as a set designer and model-maker. At the time of this writing, she’s doing models and design work on new concerts for Kanye West and U2, musical adaptations of (I’m not kidding) X-Factor and American Psycho, the operas Don Giovanni and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, as well as Julie Taymor’s new version of Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening in New York this fall. Yes, she’s quite busy. For each show, Machi builds some of the strangest, most delicate, most magical things I’ve even seen—all of them tiny!


Die Tote Stadt

A sample of Machi’s work from the German libretto, Die Tote Stadt (those reliquaries on the shelves are about the size of your pinky fingernail).

If you want to find out more about her work—as well as other interesting careers in the arts—go find a copy of the book, why dontcha? Thanks for writing, Kevin!

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