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Brendan

03-10-01, 02:35 PM (GMT)
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"Dancers at the Bar"
 
   O 'Neal's Restaurant in West 64th St in New York is just across from the Lincoln Center. It has a mural called "Dancers at the Bar", which was painted by Robert Crowl at the height of the 1960s ballet boom. It portrays 33 dancers, some of them members of the Royal Ballet. Carol Sumner, a former soloist with NYCB, remembers that "many soloists and principals spent a lot of time at O'Neal's. While the poor corps was working away, we would be over there".

Among those featured are Anthony Dowell, Monica Mason,David Wall, Ann Jenner, Lynn Seymour, Deanne Bergsma and Peter O'Brien. Unfortunately the web reproduction is to small to allow identification. Nonetheless it is an interesting relic of the time.
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pmeja

03-10-01, 03:56 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Dancers at the Bar"
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   heavens, yes. that was where everyone went, and i recall that mural in its original location (it has since been moved along with o'neal's to a location a few blocks away and is on a long wall in the larger inside restaurant area). it was quite a game to identify everyone in the picture. o'neal's was first called 'o'neal's baloon', which came from the place being first called a 'saloon' and then some sort of rule about not being able to do that, so they painted over the 's' and made it a 'b', if i remember correctly.


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pmeja

04-10-01, 12:40 PM (GMT)
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   LAST EDITED ON 04-10-01 AT 12:58 PM (GMT)

lynn seymour is sitting on the small sofa; she has a short haircut and is posed with her hands on her knees. wayne eagling is at the furthest right hand side of the picture and looks as though he is standing on a table; just to the left of him, posed standing against a pole and wearing hot pants, (blond hair) is carol sumner, who is quoted in the article.


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pantoose

05-10-01, 01:38 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Dancers at the Bar"
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   LAST EDITED ON 05-10-01 AT 01:40 PM (GMT)

Yes, it's there. I never took much notice of it until O'Neal's moved to W. 64th Street. I was surprised it made the trip; it's not that attractive, in my opinion. Something about the color tones seems unfinished. But then I was also unaware of its historical significance. I'll take another look. O'Neal's is a reasonably priced restaurant for the neighborhood and I've noticed that Europeans, in particular, seem to like it when they visit. They say it's typically American. And if you visit to see Dancers at the Bar, be advised there are two bars at O'Neal's. The painting is displayed over the bar in the back of the restaurant, not the one up front when you enter.

If you want to see unbelievable wall paintings in an area restaurant, visit Cafe des Artists. Not dance related, but you'll never see anything like it! -- GARY


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pmeja

05-10-01, 03:37 PM (GMT)
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   indeed, gary. in fact the waiters seem to be accustomed to being asked if one can sit near it, and people will spend time trying to identify the dancers depicted in it. but you do have to go in the back dining area to sit near it.


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