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ISAAC CRIES WOLF: As narrator for “Peter & The Wolf,” an annual Works & Progress at the Guggenheim event, Isaac Mizrahi is pretty much a scene stealer. But this year artist Rei Sato’s anime-inspired art installation provided some serious eye candy. Reminiscent of Japanese lanterns, Peter and his animal friends are each illuminated when addressing the audience, so to speak. Sato didn’t exactly land in the Frank Lloyd Wright museum out of the blue. Takashi Murakami tapped Sato, who works for his production company, Kaikai Kiki. NYCO’s George Manahan conducted the Juilliard Ensemble for added effect.
Mizrahi certainly held his own in the drama department, by really taking on the grandfather’s role, “What if Peter hadn’t caught the wolf? Did you ever think about that smarty pants?.…Talk about Method acting. Stop it. OK, I’m not grandfather — I got it...Speaking of grandfather, every time I do that grandfather part I get closer and closer to that role.”
It seems as though the designer still wants to perfect his elderly delivery: He’ll be back on board next year as narrator.