Tony Walton and Gen LeRoy-Walton.
Tony Walton set design for "A Christmas Carol" at the Paramount Theater.
A never-before-seen collection of the artwork of award-winning director, production designer and costume designer Tony Walton will be unveiled at the Mark Borghi gallery, 34 Main Street, Sag Harbor on Friday, December 10, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The âTony Walton: Retrospective,â which will feature approximately 100 works by the Academy, Emmy, and Tony-Award winner, will be on view through February 3.
This marks the first time Waltonâs work has been offered for sale in more than 60 years. The exhibition will include hand-drawn sketches, paintings and murals from Waltonâs work on Broadwayâs âA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,â âGuys and Dolls,â âPippin,â âAnnie Get Your Gun,â âCompany,â âHouse of Blue Leaves,â âSophisticated Ladies,â âA Christmas Carol,â âUncle Vanyaâ and others. Also on view will be work from film versions of âMary Poppins,â âMurder on the Orient Expressâ and âAll That Jazz,â and the American Ballet Theater production of âThe Sleeping Beauty.â A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bay Street Theater.
âIâve tried hard to never repeat the look of anything Iâve already designed,â says Walton, a longtime East End resident. âItâs been important for me personally so I can learn and grow and as artist, and even more so for every production to have its own unique signature look.â
Standout pieces in the show, curated by Marisa Borghi, include costume sketches for Whoopi Goldberg in âA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,â pen-and-ink wardrobe drawings of Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Lauren Bacall, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset and Ingrid Bergman for âMurder on the Orient Express,â watercolors of Lillian Gish, Julie Christie, and George C. Scott for âUncle Vanyaâ and original preliminary sketches for âMary Poppins.â
âTony Walton and his work have been at the forefront of the Broadway and film art scene for the past seven decades. Heâs a creative giant whose artistry has left an indelible mark on our culture,â says Borghi. âWe are pleased to be able to offer so many works from this prolific and prodigious talent.â
Walton earned the Academy Award in 1980 for Best Art Direction for âAll That Jazzâ and was nominated for his work on the film versions of âMary Poppins,â âThe Wizâ and âMurder on the Orient Express.â His Emmy Award came for Outstanding Art Direction for âDeath of a Salesmanâ in 1985. Waltonâs Tony Awards were won for Best Scenic Design for âPippinâ (1973), âThe House of Blue Leavesâ (1986) and âGuys and Dollsâ (1992). He earned many more nominations. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Gen LeRoy-Walton, and is the father of Emma Walton Hamilton, whose mother is Julie Andrews, and stepfather of Bridget LeRoy.
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