Long, Crowley, Ramos and Parsons Are Sharaff Award Recipients
By Adam Hetrick
04 Feb 2009
Tony Award-winning designers William Ivey Long and Bob Crowley are among the honorees of the Theatre Development Fund's 2009 Irene Sharaff Awards, which will be presented March 27 in Manhattan.
Founded in 1993, the awards pay tribute to the art of costume design and honor legendary designer Irene Sharaff, who designed numerous Broadway productions, including the original stagings of Lady in the Dark, West Side Story, The King and I, Juno, Sweet Charity, Funny Girl, Candide and Jerome Robbins' Broadway.
Long, the five-time Tony Award-winning costume designer of Grey Gardens, Nine, Crazy for You, The Producers and Hairspray, will receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for theatrical costume design.
Scenic and costume designer Bob Crowley, who also claims five Tony Awards for his work on Mary Poppins, The Coast of Utopia, The History Boys, Aida and Carousel, will be presented with the Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in theatrical design.
Also honored will be scenic and costume designer Clint Ramos (The Good Negro, Women Beware Women, Boy's Life, Donnie Darko), who will receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award; and costume shop operator Sally Ann Parsons, who has overseen costume construction for Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wicked, will be presented with the TDF/Irene Sharaff Artisan Award.
The March 27 awards ceremony held at the Hudson Theatre will also offer a special tribute to the award's namesake, late costume designer Irene Sharaff.
The advisory committee responsible for selecting the annual honorees comprises Gregg Barnes, Suzy Benzinger, Dean Brown, Linda Fisher, Lana Fritz, Rodney Gordon, Desmond Heeley, Allen Lee Hughes, Holly Hynes, Carolyn Kostopoulous, Kitty Leech, Anna Louizos, Mimi Maxmen, David Murin, Sally Ann Parsons, Robert Perdziola, Carrie Robbins, Tony Walton, Patrick Wiley and David Zinn. The chairman is Gregory A. Poplyk.
For more information, visit www.tdf.org.
Disclosure: I was once critical of Mr. Ramos' work--specifically, his set for the Tanghalang Pilipino production of the Cayabyab-Lumbera musical Noli Mi Tangere in November 2005 (here). No matter. His blazing career, of which the Sharaff accolade is but the latest affirmation (he was also nominated for a 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Play, for St. John Hankin's The Return of the Prodigal at the Mint Theater), deserves the loudest cheers. Bravo, Mr. Ramos!