Bay Street Theater Honors Designer and Director Tony Walton

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Theater designer and director Tony Walton. Courtesy Bay Street Theater.

On August 26 at 5 p.m., Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will present “The Devil is in the Details — A Tribute to Tony Walton” a live and in-person.

The evening is a celebration through story and song of the career of award-winning designer and director Tony Walton, hosted by Tony Award-nominee actress and singer Melissa Errico. The event will include virtual appearances by special guests and longtime collaborators of Walton, such as Alec Baldwin, Kate Burton, Stephen Schwartz, Jerry Zaks and others.

The evening will include a special presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Walton, a Tony, Oscar and Emmy Award-winning designer and director, celebrating his six-decade career in theater, film, and television.

Melissa Errico will host the tribute to Tony Walton. Courtesy Bay Street Theater.

The evening’s host, Melissa Errico, will perform and discuss her work with the legendary designer, whose award-winning productions include the Broadway stagings of Pippin, House of Blue Leaves, Guys and Dolls, and the films Mary Poppins, The Boy Friend, The Wiz, and Murder on the Orient Express to name a few.
Walton has been honored with 16 Tony Award Nominations for his Broadway sets and or costumes, winning for his work on “Pippin,” “House of Blue Leaves,” and “Guys and Dolls.” Among his 20 films, “Mary Poppins,” “The Boy Friend,” “The Wiz” and “Murder on the Orient Express” earned him five Academy Award nominations. He won the Oscar for Bob Fosse’s “All That Jazz,” and the Emmy for “Death of a Salesman.”

Walton’s designs for Broadway include Bob Fosse’s original productions of “Chicago” and “Pippin”; Tommy Tune’s “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies”; Scott Ellis’s “She Loves Me,” “1776,” and “Picnic”; Harold Pinter’s “Moonlight” and “Ashes to Ashes”; Jerry Zaks’s “House of Blue Leaves,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Anything Goes,” and “Guys and Dolls,” and the recent “Annie Get Your Gun” and “A Tale of Two Cities,” among many others. He was the production designer for Julie Andrews’ 2003 revival of “The Boy Friend” at Bay Street Theater and for Goodspeed Opera House, followed by a national U.S. tour in 2005.
During the last 22 years, Walton has turned his hand to directing, and has directed productions of Wilde, Shaw, Coward, and others for New York’s Irish Rep, San Diego’s Old Globe, Sarasota’s Asolo Rep, John Drew Theatre at Guild Hall, and Bay Street Theater. In 1991, he was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Bay Street Theater is on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. Seating for the event will be by general admission in accordance with all necessary health and safety guidelines. Proof of vaccinations and masks are required upon entry. Tickets are available with a suggested donation of $25, and can be reserved by calling 631-725-9500 or at baystreet.org.

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