Howell Binkley

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Howell Binkley (July 25, 1956 – August 14, 2020)[1] was a professional lighting designer in New York City. He received the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design in a Musical for Jersey Boys in 2006, and again in 2016 for Hamilton. He died due to lung cancer on August 14, 2020.[2]

Career[edit]

Binkley attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where he began his career working with dance programs.[3]

In 1985, he moved to New York City where he co-founded the Parsons Dance Company with David Parsons. Binkley then went on to make his Broadway debut as designer for Kiss of a Spider-Woman in 1993, which earned him his first ever Tony nomination. From this success he went on to design and light a plethora of major Broadway shows. In total, he designed 52 shows for Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award nine times.[4] Over the course of his work in Broadway, he became a frequent collaborator with Hal Prince and director Des McAnuff.

In addition to his work in New York City, Binkley worked across America, including national tours of Applause in 1996; tick, tick…BOOM! in 2003; and Flashdance in 2012. Alongside this, he worked at regional theaters such as La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Old Globe Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, The Goodman Theatre, and Hartford Stage.[3][5]

Binkley was well known[opinion] for his use of saturated color, accompanied by white or slightly cool highlights. He frequently used smoke or haze to draw attention to his use of angle. His designs are partly based upon Craig Miller and Tom Skelton's use of cross focussing to make diamond effects.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Production Award Category Outcome
1993 Kiss of the Spider Woman Tony Award Best Lighting Design Nominated
Olivier Award Best Lighting Design Won
1998 Parade Drama Desk Award Outstanding Lighting Design Nominated
2000 The Full Monty Drama Desk Award Outstanding Lighting Design Nominated
2003 Radiant Baby Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lighting Design Nominated
2005 Jersey Boys Tony Award Best Lighting Design of a Musical Won
2007 LoveMusik Drama Desk Award Outstanding Lighting Design Won
2008 In The Heights Tony Award Best Lighting Design of a Musical Nominated
2009 West Side Story Tony Award Best Lighting Design Nominated
2011 How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Tony Award Best Lighting Design of a Musical Nominated
2014 After Midnight Tony Award Best Lighting Design of a Musical Nominated
2015 Hamilton Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lighting Design Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Lighting Design Nominated
Hewes Design Award Lighting Design Won
2016 Tony Award Best Lighting Design of a Musical Won
2017 Come From Away Tony Award Best Lighting Design of a Musical Nominated
2018 Hamilton Olivier Award Best Lighting Design Won
2019 Ain't Too Proud Tony Award Best Lighting Design of a Musical Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/02/theater/howell-binkley-dead.html
  2. ^ "Tony Award-Winning Lighting Designer Howell Binkley Has Passed Away". Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  3. ^ a b Eddy, Kathleen.Simply Howell Binkley livedesignonline.com, Feb 1, 2004
  4. ^ "Remembering Howell Binkley". The Association of Lighting Designers. 2020-08-15. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  5. ^ Credits as of November 2006 American Theatre Wing

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