Leo Meyer, who for about 40 years operated Atlas Scenic Studio in Bridgeport, will discuss his connection to Broadway and beyond with an informal lecture at the City Lights Gallery 4 p.m. Sunday, June 20.
I met Mr. Meyer briefly at the opening reception for the Theatre Arts exhibit and he was exceptionally charming and engaging. His sketches, which formed the groundwork for elaborate stage sets that were constructed in New York and around the country, were fascinating, not to mention beautifully rendered. It’s a little heartbreaking to know that in most cases, the only thing left of this artistry is the original sketch after the production winds to an end and the stage is dismantled.
Under Meyer, Atlas built sets for numerous Broadway shows and national tours, including “Amadeus,” “Hello, Dolly!” “A Chorus Line,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Rent” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” Meyer sold his studio in 2006, but remains active as a set designer.
Leo Meyer and local legend Dolly Curtis are hosts of “Backstage Buzz,” which airs every third Sunday at 10 p.m. on WPKN 89.5 FM.
At the City Lights gathering, a light buffet will be served and the suggested donation is $10.