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New York Times raves about McSherry’s steampunk rock musical

Frances Nelson McSherry

Northeastern University Associate Academic Specialist Frances Nelson McSherry designed the costumes for the world premiere musical The Snow Queen which was performed off-Broadway in July as part of the New York Music Festival, the world’s largest musical theater festival for new works. The production is a new pop-rock music version of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale. The Snow Queen was chosen to be part of this festival, which has launched new musicals for Broadway, Off Broadway and in regional and international theaters.  A review by The New York Times called it “a fairy tale that rocks… all of Frances Nelson McSherry’s costumes could have come from beautiful Grimm’s-era illustrations.”

The Snow Queen originated at San Jose Repertory Theatre in 2013. The San Jose Mercury News wrote: “This steampunk fantasy taps into the darkness and mysticism that make this 1845 tale so endlessly alluring. A bewitching fairy tale that also inspired the Disney movie ‘Frozen,’ it captures the pangs of loss that go hand in hand with coming of age.”

McSherry and lighting/projection designer David Lee Cuthbert received the NYMF award for Best Design at the festival. Recent Northeastern graduate Renee Brungard, AMD’13 assisted McSherry and served as wardrobe supervisor for the production. According to McSherry, “All of the talented artists in this collaborative piece look forward to the return of The Snow Queen when it moves to its next venue.”

Learn more about the production at: http://www.thesnowqueenmusical.com/

McSherry teaches Costume Design and Evolution of Fashion at Northeastern.