IN FULL FORCE
Byline: Norah Zis
NEW YORK — For die-hard Star Wars fans, too much is never enough. While waiting breathlessly for the mid-May release of “Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” staunch devotees of the film series can recharge their light sabers, dry-clean their Obi-wan robes and soak up the scenery at the roving museum exhibit, “Star Wars: The Magic of Myth.” The show hits the Brooklyn Museum of Art on April 5 and runs until July 7, just in time for the premier frenzy. It features more than 30 original costumes worn by the series’ most beloved characters, from Han Solo and the Skywalker twins to Boba Fett, as well as costumes, props and artwork, including original illustration boards, from the newest episode.
New York is the last U.S. stop for the show, a project organized by Lucasfilms and the Smithsonian Institute, where it opened. Brooklyn curator James Romano, PhD., says his goal in shaping the show was “to attract new audiences who are not accustomed to coming to the museum — principally those with children.” He notes that while playing to the pop culture appetite has blockbuster potential, it presents serious challenges as well, in living up to the expectations of legions of film goers who take their Jedi jolts very seriously. “We tried to evoke the feelings you had when you saw the film,” he says.
And for one day at least, throw in another kind of star power. On April 6, original C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels will be on hand at the museum, along with set designers Lorne Peterson and Rob Colman. May the force, and the crowds, be with them.