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Lemuel Ayers (1915–1955)

Lemuel Ayers (1915-1955), a New Yorker, studied at Princeton University and the University of Iowa before being chosen, at the age of 29, by Leonard Sillman to design the sets for the 1939 Broadway revivals of "Journey's End" and "They Knew What They Wanted". Major recognition came with his costume designs for the Maurice Evans - Judith Anderson "... See full bio »

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Ziegfeld Follies
Ziegfeld Follies Art Director
Meet Me in St. Louis
Meet Me in St. Louis Art Director
Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate Miscellaneous Crew
Oklahoma! Production Designer


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 1945 Ziegfeld Follies (uncredited)
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 1945 Ziegfeld Follies (segment "Love")
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 2011 Oklahoma! (TV Special documentary) (original 1943 designs)
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Stage Play: The Merchant of Venice. Comedy/drama (revival). Written by William Shakespeare. Musical Director: William Brooks. Scenic Design and Costume Design by Lemuel Ayers. Directed by Albert Marre. City Center: 4 Mar 1953- 15 Mar 1953 (15 performances). Cast: Luther Adler (as "Shylock, a Jewish moneylender"), Richard Astor (as "The ... See more »

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Won two 1949 Tony Awards for "Kiss Me Kate": for Best Producer (Musical) and Best Costumes.

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