The Shaw Must Go On: Greenwood Earns Tony Nom for Heartbreak House — Again

Tony Awards   The Shaw Must Go On: Greenwood Earns Tony Nom for Heartbreak House — Again When costume designer Jane Greenwood was nominated for the Tony Award this season, she may have experienced a bit of déjà vu.

Nominated for her costume work on this year's revival of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House, Greenwood was also a Best Costume Design nominee for the last Broadway revival of the work in 1984.

This year's nomination marks the 16th for the Tony Awards equivalent of "always the bridesmaid, never the bride" (she's never won the award). Greenwood earned her first nom in 1965 for Tartuffe and has continued to be recognized in every decade since — including a double nomination in 1994 for her work on She Loves Me (with David Charles) and Passion.

"I tried to move on a little. I feel as though I'd learned a little in the intervening years," Greenwood replied when jokingly asked if she merely cribbed her notes from the former Heartbreak House production. "I think I really delved into the characters and their choices of clothes perhaps [this time] a little more than just the visual image of the period."

Among the tallest orders to fill for her was the grand arrival of Byron Jennings. "Keeping that headdress on Byron Jennings for his first entrance in the Arab outfit — that was the biggest challenge," said Greenwood. "The thing was it sort of made the outfit and the entrance. I think the director Robin Lefèvre was very helpful. He said, 'It's one of the best entrances and you can't not do it.'"

Greenwood is already at work on her next Broadway-bound production, the musical Lone Star Love. Inspired by The Merry Wives of Windsor, the show will play at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in September with an eye towards Broadway thereafter.

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