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How ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Production Designer Found the ‘My Fair Lady’ Chandelier for Show’s Burlesque Club Set

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Jazz Tangcay Artisans EditorAfter a lengthy hiatus from the small screen, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” returned for a fourth season, giving Emmy voters more content to digest.This time around, Midge, played by Rachel Brosnahan, takes on a career change and winds up working at a Manhattan burlesque club, the Wolford.

Says production designer Bill Groom, “Had it not been for COVID, we would have used an old Broadway theater.”Instead, he had to build the club from the ground up at Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios.His idea was that the Wolford would be an old vaudeville theater. “At some point, perhaps in the 1940s, it was converted into a strip club and a burlesque theater,” says Groom. “It had two levels: a vaudeville level that was built probably in the early 1900s, and then the second level was added during a renovation, probably in the 1940s.” Red and gold were commonly used for theaters in that era.

And Groom decked out the set with a bar, dressing rooms and vintage theater seats. There were also lots of mirrors and lights.

The set’s pièce de résistance was the chandelier — the same one used in the classic 1964 film “My Fair Lady.” Says Groom, “The chandelier (“Big Bertha”) came from LA, from the Warner Brothers lot.

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