Ep. 23: Tony Award-Winning Costume Designer William Ivey Long Traces His Carolina Roots and Talks TOOTSIE and BEETLEJUICE

Ep. 23: Tony Award-Winning Costume Designer William Ivey Long Traces His Carolina Roots and Talks TOOTSIE and BEETLEJUICE

 
 
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Welcome to a special Tony edition of the RDU on Stage podcast. My guest today is the winner of six Tony Awards for his work designing the costumes for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, GREY GARDENS, THE PRODUCERS, HAIRSPRAY, CRAZY FOR YOU, and NINE. This year he’s nominated for two Tony Awards for his work on BEETLEJUICE and TOOTSIE. And BEETLEJUICE marks his 75th Broadway show. He’s also been working on the musical DIANA, about Princess Diana, which had an out-of-town tryout earlier this year at the La Jolla Playhouse, as well as the new musical MARIE, DANCING STILL (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle). This is my third time interviewing William Ivey Long, and each time he’s regaled me with colorful stories about the theater and North Carolina. In this interview, he talks about his Carolina beginnings and the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, activist, and professor he affectionately called Uncle Paul (Paul Green).

About the Guest

William Ivey Long is a six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer.  He most recently designed costumes for A CHRISTMAS STORY, LIVE! for the FOX Television Network. He also designed THE PRINCE OF BROADWAY for legendary director Hal Prince, and the revised stage musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN in London’s West End for Mel Brooks, having previously designed the original production on Broadway in 2009.  Recent Off-Broadway designs include THE PORTUGUESE KID by John Patrick Shanley, and BIG NIGHT by Paul Rudnick. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on GREASE: LIVE for the FOX, and designed the re-imagination of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (starring Laverne Cox and Tim Curry) – also for FOX. He is currently represented on Broadway with TOOTSIE, BEETLEJUICE, and CHICAGO, now in its 23rd year. Other Broadway Credits include: ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, CABARET (2014 and 1998 revivals), BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA (Tony Award), BIG FISH, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, HUGH JACKMAN: BACK ON BROADWAY, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, PAL JOEY, 9 TO 5, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, CURTAINS, GREY GARDENS (Tony Award), THE PRODUCERS (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, THE BOY FROM OZ, HAIRSPRAY (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), CONTACT (Hewes Award), THE MUSIC MAN, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, SWING, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, CRAZY FOR YOU (Tony, Outer Critics Circle Awards), GUYS AND DOLLS (Drama Desk Award), A CHRISTMAS CAROL, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, LEND ME A TENOR (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), and NINE (Tony, Drama Desk, Maharam Awards).  Long has designed costumes for 75 Broadway productions and has been nominated for over 15 Tony Awards. In addition, he is the Production Designer for North Carolina’s oldest running seasonal outdoor drama, THE LOST COLONY, which was the 2013 recipient of the Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. He’s the recipient of the Morrison Award (1992), the UNC Chapel Hill Playmakers Award (1994), the National Theatre Conference “Person of the Year” award (2000), the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2001), the Distinguished Career Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference (2002), the Raleigh Medal of Arts (2010), and the 2004 North Carolina Award presented by Governor Easley. For more information, visit: http://www.williamiveylong.com/.

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