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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
Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate Miscellaneous Crew
Meet Me in St. Louis
Meet Me in St. Louis Art Director
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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 1953 Kiss Me Kate (based upon the play produced on the stage by)

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(September 20-27, 1965) He was set designer for the musical, "Kismet," in a Music Theater of Lincoln Center production at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Alfred Drake, Anne Jeffreys, Henry Calvin, Richard Banke, Patricia Welting, Don Beddoe, Truman Gaige, Beatrice Kraft, Alfred Toigo, Reiko Sato, Earle MacVeigh, Sally... 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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