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Goodspeed Musicals to Honor Tony Walton at Annual Gala

The 16-time Tony nominee designed the original Broadway productions of Chicago, Pippin, and Grand Hotel.

Award-winning designer and director Tony Walton will be honored at Goodspeed's annual Razzle Dazzle gala.
(© David Gordon)

Tony, Emmy, and Academy Award winner Tony Walton will be presented with the Goodspeed Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre on June 6 at the Connecticut theater's annual Razzle Dazzle gala. The event will be held at The Riverhouse.

"Goodspeed is thrilled to bestow this honor upon a great friend to the theater, an extraordinary craftsman and one of the most esteemed scenic designers in film, television and on the stage," said executive director Michael Gennaro. "His exceptional work is marked by a unique vision and a vibrant use of color that radiates throughout his work. Tony Walton exemplifies all that the Goodspeed Award and this event celebrates."

Walton is a 16-time Tony nominee for his set and costume design, earning awards for his work on Broadway productions of Pippin, The House of Blue Leaves, and Guys and Dolls. His film work also includes Walt Disney's Mary Poppins, Ken Russell's The Boy Friend, Sidney Lumet's The Wiz, and Murder on the Orient Express, which together earned him five Academy Award nominations. He also earned an Oscar for Bob Fosse's All That Jazz and and Emmy for Volcker Schlondorf's Death of a Salesman. At Goodspeed, his designs have been represented in productions of Where's Charley? (2004), The Boy Friend (2005), Princesses (2004), and The Great American Mousical (2012).

"Need I say that it is a tremendous pleasure and really meaningful for me to receive this remarkable honor from Goodspeed, where I have had such happy experiences as both director and designer over the last ten years or so," said Walton. "They have always made me and my family feel like part of their family, so I am beyond thrilled to receive this magnificent recognition from them."

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