Scenic Design On Broadway

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This book profiles scenic designers who worked on Broadway between the 1915-16 and 1989-90 theatre seasons. The more than 900 biographies provide information about the designer's backgrounds and professional credits. The profiles (approximately 200 words each) are followed by a chronological list of Broadway credits--in scenic design, followed by lighting design and costume design credits.

The introduction outlines the profession in the twentieth century on Broadway and the development of American design from the New Stagecraft. The appendixes cover four major awards that have acknowledged the contributions of scenic designers, among others, to the Broadway stage--The Tony, Maharam, Donaldson, and American Theatre Wing Awards. The index alphabetically lists each play followed by the designer's name when that information is available. A selected bibliography is included, as are 12 renderings, the designers' original work, as illustrations. These illustrations span the history of the American theatre in the twentieth century, beginning with The Man Who Married A Dumb Wife, designed by Robert Edmond Jones in 1915, and generally regarded as the beginning of the modern era on Broadway. The most recent design included is Grand Hotel, the musical, designed by Tony Walton in 1989 which was nominated for a Tony Award for outstanding scenic design.

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Profiles over 900 scene designers who have worked on Broadway since 1915, in articles of about 200 words. Also includes chronological listings of the winners for scenic design of the Tony, Maharam, American Theatre Wing Design, and Donaldson awards. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

BOBBI OWEN is Professor of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has published widely on drama and theater.

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Table of Contents



Designers and Their Credits

Appendix 1: The Tony Award

Appendix 2: The Maharam Award

Appendix 3: The American Theatre Wing Design Award

Appendix 4: The Donaldson Award

Selected Bibliography

Index of Plays

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