2001 TONY AWARDS SPOTLIGHT: Nominees for Best Lighting Design

By Robert Simonson
May 17, 2001

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, for Jane Eyre
The dynamic duo of theatrical lighting won't have to compete against themselves this year, as they did in 2000, when the seven time Tony winning team was nominated for both Marie Christine and The Wild Party, two dark-hued musicals. Favorites of George C. Wolfe, they have worked on Angels in America, Jelly's Last Jam and Twilight Los Angeles: 1992. Other credits include Ragtime and Cabaret.

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, for Jane Eyre
The dynamic duo of theatrical lighting won't have to compete against themselves this year, as they did in 2000, when the seven time Tony winning team was nominated for both Marie Christine and The Wild Party, two dark-hued musicals. Favorites of George C. Wolfe, they have worked on Angels in America, Jelly's Last Jam and Twilight Los Angeles: 1992. Other credits include Ragtime and Cabaret.

Paul Gallo, for 42nd Street
Gallo has been nominated for the Tony five times, but never won. His many Broadway credits include this season's The Rocky Horror Show, as well as The Civil War, Titanic, On the Town, Big, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Skylight, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor and City of Angels. He has won an Obie award for Sustained Excellence.

Peter Kaczorowski, for The Producers
Kaczorowski dominated lighting design on Broadway during the 1999-2000 season, selecting gels an aiming spots for four shows: Kiss Me, Kate, The Music Man and Contact, the latter two directed by Susan Stroman, and The Rainmaker. Stroman stuck by her man this year, tapping him for The Producers. A Roundabout Theatre Company regular, he lit the troupe's Company, Impossible Marriage and Picnic.

Kenneth Posner, for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Posner has been busy in recent seasons. He's lit such disparate Broadway shows as Swing!, Uncle Vanya, Side Man, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Lion in Winter, Little Me and A View From the Bridge. Off-Broadway credits include The Wild Party (MTC), The Waverly Gallery, Pride's Crossing, As Bee's in Honey Drown and subUrbia.

Analysis: As in most of the production categories, the lighting design line-up is populated by many of the usual suspects, people who seem to be nominated year after year. Fisher and Eisenhauer, who received nods for both The Wild Party and Marie Christine, last year, are recognized again. So is Peter Kaczorowski, who was nominated last year for Kiss Me, Kate. Though Gallo was responsible for bouncing his work off a lot of flashy sets and costumes in 42nd Street, this should be another easy Producers win, giving Kaczorowski a trip to the podium.