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A Look at William Ivey Long's Wardrobe

By Kitty JanvrinFeb 9, 2018

Masterful designer William Ivey Long is a Carolina native and lauded creative costumer. To celebrate his achievements in the musical theater world, Blumenthal is hosting A Gala Musical Tribute Honoring William Ivey Long. Before you attend the show at Belk Theater, test your knowledge of his career and peek into his wardrobe of wonderment.

1. For which show did Long win his first Tony Award?

       a) The Producers

       b) Chicago

       c) Nine

       d) Grey Gardens

2.  Which televised musical did not feature costumes designed by Long?

       a) Grease Live! on NBC

       b) Peter Pan Live! on NBC

       c) The Rocky Horror Picture Show on FOX

       d) A Christmas Story, Live! on FOX

3. Long's designs have graced stages beyond Broadway. After designing looks for the Pointer Sisters' show at Caesars Palace, he was approached by Mick Jagger to design looks for the Rolling Stones for their 1989 _____ tour.

       a) Steel Wheels

       b) Some Girls

       c) Dirty Work

       d) Undercover

4. Long's Tony wins to date include 6 wins for Best Costume Design and how many nominations?

       a) 6

       b) 10

       c) 12

       d) 15

5. Before he pursued his MFA in theatrical design at Yale, Long worked toward an art-history masters at which North Carolina university?

       a) UNC at Chapel Hill

       b) Winthrop

       c) UNC at Asheville

       d) Duke

See below for the answers, and don't miss A Gala Musical Tribute Honoring William Ivey Long on February 24.

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1. c) Nine. While Long would go on to win Best Costume Design for Crazy For You, The Producers, Hairspray, Grey Gardens, and Cinderella (2013), his first win (and first nomination) was for Nine.

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2. c) Peter Pan Live! Catherine Zuber designed the pieces in Peter Pan Live! Long's costumes were featured in Grease Live!, The Rocky Horror Picture Show on FOX, and most recently in A Christmas Story, Live!


3. a) Steel Wheels. Mick Jagger commissioned Long to create the Stones' iconic looks on their Steel Wheels tour.


4. d) 15. Long has received 15 total Tony Award nominations for his costume designs.


5. a) UNC at Chapel Hill. After receiving an undergraduate degree at The College of William and Mary, he returned to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He eventually moved to purse theatrical design at Yale, but holds an honorary degree from UNC at Chapel Hill (as well as one from UNC at Asheville).

A Gala Musical Tribute Honoring William Ivey Long

Feb 24 , 2018
KNIGHT THEATER at Levine Center for the Arts