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Born in North Carolina, USA

Mini Bio (1)

He is a costume designer, known for Grease, Live! (2015) The Producers (2005), The Cutting Edge (1992) and Life with Mikey For his design work for the stage, he was recently nominated for his 15th Tony Award for On the Twentieth Century. He is currently represented on Broadway with Chicago, now in its 20th year! He also serves as Chairman of the Board for The American Theatre Wing. Other Broadway Credits include: Cabaret (2014 and 1998 revivals), It Shoulda Been You, 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); Cabaret; Contact (Hewes Award); The Music Man; Annie Get Your Gun; Swing; Smokey Joe's Café; 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); Nine (Tony, Drama Desk, Maharam Awards). Recent Off-Broadway productions include The Belle of Amherst with Joely Richardson, Bunty Berman Presents; Lucky Guy and The School for Lies. Mr. Long recently made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera with his designs for The Merry Widow starring Renée Fleming and Kelli O'Hara. He has also designed for such artists as Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, the Pointer Sisters, Joan Rivers, and for choreographers Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Peter Martins, David Parsons and Susan Stroman. He serves as 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 returned in 2015 for his 45th season with the production. Mr. Long holds honorary degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, and The College of William and Mary. He was 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. Mr. Long earned an undergraduate degree in history from The College of William and Mary, was a Kress Fellow at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage design from Yale University School of Drama.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: William Ivey Long

Trivia (5)

He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Costume Designer of 1997 for Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre.
Has won four Tony Awards as Best Costume Designer: in 1982 for "Nine;" in 1992 for "Crazy for You;" in 2001 for "The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical;" and in 2003 for "Hairspray." He has also been nominated four other times in the same category: in 1989 for "Lend Me a Tenor;" in 1997 for "Chicago;" in 1998 for "Cabaret;" and in 2000 for "The Music Man."
He was nominated for a 1982 Joseph Jefferson Award for Costume Design for "The Front Page" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
He was awarded the 2009 Back Stage Garland Award for Costume Design for "9 to 5: The Musical," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
He was awarded the 2015 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Costume Design for "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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