NYC Has a 'Saturday Night Live' Exhibition, and It Looks Marvelous
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New York’s hottest museum is "Saturday Night Live": The Exhibition. It has props, videos, coneheads and a Bass-o-Matic blender.
Thankfully, the Associated Press’ Frazier Moore plays the part of figurative Stefon and breaks down one of New York City’s newer attractions for the countless fans who can recite myriad "SNL" quotes from heart.
Moore explains, “Located on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue a dozen blocks south of 'SNL'’s home at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the exhibition is a satisfyingly immersive experience, steering visitors step by step, room to room, through the improbable yet tried-and-true process of putting together each show in just six days.”
And people close to the show’s production have carefully cultivated the entire experience.
Moore states that "SNL"’s producer, Broadway Video, worked in tandem with Premiere Exhibitions to bring the joy and frantic pace of the weekly comedy show to life for droves of eager fans.
Before you head out to see it for yourself, consider a quick peek provided by the exhibit’s YouTube channel:
With interest piqued, you can visit the exhibition’s website for more details and information on buying tickets.
Located at 417 5th Avenue in New York, the grand museum of comedy will cost a whopping $29 for adults. Although those younger comedy aficionados get a bit of a discount, entering the door at $26 a pop.
A press release boasts the grand extent to which you will be entertained, which is no less than a palpable appreciation for the show’s production.
The release states: “You begin your immersive journey through 'SNL' history in creator and producer Lorne Michaels’ office. As you proceed through a priceless and unique collection of sets, props, video, photographs and multimedia presentations, you quickly realize that you’re seeing the history of the show unfold in parallel with the creative process for writing and performing an episode of the show.”
Moore also promises that the finale to the tour concludes with an “eight-minute simulation” of an episode, which illustrates the manic but rehearsed pace of a live show.
The exhibit’s creative director, Mark Lach, spoke to Moore and offered, “We’ve taken a little bit of 30 Rock — places on the eighth and ninth and 17th floors that the public never gets to see — and brought it here.”
And that certainly seems to be what is promised: Wardrobe, artifacts and even desks are transported to the location. Even sets are built to resemble features like Wayne Campbell’s basement.
Like any amount of entertainment in the city, the exhibition is going to cost you handsomely.
But those with a lifelong love affair for the unforgettable characters, one-liners, and geniuses who featured on SNL will find plenty that makes forking over that much money a bit easier.
As the press release reminds, "SNL" has broadcast over 780 shows, marking 40 years of priceless memories and guttural laughs.
Through that time the show has waxed and waned with a revolving door of unbelievable talent.
Nowhere is that evolution more prevalent than this homage to what is no less than an iconic pop culture entity.
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