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The Story Behind The Murray Mural

Published: July 12, 2017

On the north end of Ruth Eckerd Hall is the vibrant Murray Theatre.  Since this intimate theater opened in 2003, a wide range of artists have taken the stage – from singer-songwriter Vonda Shepherd and legendary rock photographers Henry Diltz and Pattie Boyd, to up-and-coming artists like Shaun Hopper and The Ries Brothers and off-Broadway shows like Dixie’s Tupperware Party and Steve Solomon’s  My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy series.

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The theater was renovated in 2014 and improvements included adding concessions, new seating and state-of-the-art sound and lights. The Murray Theatre lobby was expanded and transformed into a welcoming hang out lounge, inviting guests to feel the youthful spirit of the theatre. The lobby’s main feature is a beautiful hand-painted mural.

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If you look closely to the details in the vibrant colors of the mural, you’ll see iconic images of music and performing arts.

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The graffiti-style captures the life inside the Murray Theatre, from performing arts classes and arts programs like the GRAMMY® Museum’s Music Revolution Project®, to concerts, Broadway theater and one-of-a-kind shows.

It took local artist Don Scali just six weeks from concept to painting. He worked through sketch after sketch in his studio as he tried to capture a journey through the arts.  He put on his “out-of-the-box” thinking cap on and created an original masterpiece that connects with everyone who walks in the lobby.  Scali told us that his favorite part of the mural was the central section, which helped the concept really begin to take shape.

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Next time you visit the Murray Theatre, be sure to check out the mural, see how many details you can discover and take a look at our chalk wall on the other side of the lobby!

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