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William Ivey Long has won six Tony Awards for costuming, one of his most-famous being the beloved musical, Hairspray!

Mr. Long's costumes for Cinderella have become adored by musical lovers everywhere. He won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella in 2013.

Costumer to rock and roll stars! William Ivey Long designed the costumes for legendary rock star Mick Jagger for the Rolling Stones 1989 Steel Wheels tour!


A Gala Musical Tribute Honoring William Ivey Long

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

Prices begin at $25.00

Presented by: Blumenthal Performing Arts

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A Gala Musical Tribute Honoring William Ivey Long

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

Prices begin at $25.00

Presented by: Blumenthal Performing Arts

Blumenthal Performing Arts continues its 25th Anniversary celebration with this lavish and original musical tribute to the Carolinas’ own William Ivey Long, Tony Award winning costumer designer and a Broadway icon.

The show at Knight Theater will feature performances of some of the signature tunes from the musicals and film/TV productions designed by Long. Charles Randolph-Wright, who directed Motown the Musical on Broadway and who is a York, SC native, will direct the original production.

Performance Tickets begin at $25.

Make your evening extra special with tickets for the VIP After Party!  Join Mr. Long and other VIPs at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art after the show for delicious desserts, an open bar and special entertainment.  A limited number of VIP After Party Tickets are available for $100 and can be added when you purchase your tickets for the performance.

VIP Gala Information: A limited number of VIP Gala tickets also are available. The VIP tickets include premium seating for the show, plus a black-tie dinner at the new Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel before the show, and the post-show VIP dessert celebration with Mr. Long. For VIP Gala Information please call 704-378-1288.

This fabulous evening of stories, songs and tributes will celebrate the man and the work behind the amazing and often magical costumes that have thrilled audiences on stage and screen, garnering Mr. Long 15 Tony Award nominations and six Tony Awards for Best Design.  He also has won a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his work on  GREASE Live! broadcast on Fox TV.  He also re-imagined designs for The Rocky Horror Picture Show also for FOX, dressed Mick Jagger for The Rolling Stones tour “Steel Wheels,” and designed for dance legends like Twyla Tharp and the NY City Ballet.

Among the Broadway shows designed by Mr. Long are:  The Producers, Hairspray, Chicago, Cabaret, Cinderella, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, La Cage aux Folles, 9 to 5,  Young Frankenstein, Nine, On the Twentieth, Bullets Over Broadway and Grey Gardens.

An exhibit of Mr. Long’s work is currently on display at the Mint Museum in Charlotte.

Learn more about Broadway's most celebrated costume designer, William Ivey Long!

“In our business, you’re lucky if you have one, maybe two big hits. William’s done it many times over.” -The Many Secrets and Sequins of William Ivey Long, Broadway's Costume King, Vanity Fair, 2016

"When it comes to Broadway legends, few shine as brightly as costume designer William Ivey Long." -Broadway Costume King William Ivey Long on Designing for 'Murder on the Orient Express', The Hollywood Reporter, 2017

"Many Cinderellas in the history of telling the story have Cinderella in gray because she's in cinders. I just thought, 'Who wants to see Cinderella in gray?' -Decked Out, Broadway Edition: Keke Palmer's Four Cinderella Looks​, The Hollywood Reporter, 2014

"William always makes the play the most important thing. He never allows his style to upstage the material. And whether he's got a dollar to work with or unlimited funds, he's tirelessly inventive." -William Ivey Long Keeps His Clothes OnThe New York Times, 2006

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Parking and Directions

A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage. This Garage is CASH ONLY.

Levine Center for the Arts Parking Garage
Located at 550 S. Tryon Street with an entrance on W. Stonewall Street.

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Advance reservations for Patron Assistance are encouraged to ensure the best possible experience.

  • Assistive listening systems available
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Wheelchair seating

Wheelchair access
All of our theaters and classrooms are accessible to patrons who use wheelchairs. Most restrooms and water fountains in all facilities are wheelchair accessible, and restrooms are equipped with strobe-light as well as audio alarm systems.

Entry and exit assistance
For performances in the Knight Theater, an usher can meet patrons who need assistance at the corner of 1st and S. Tryon Streets.


Audio Description
Certain performances will be audio described for the blind or visually impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances upon request. Audio description provides an on-going oral description of the action, sets and costumes during the performance. Each participant wears a headset, and no other patrons are able to hear the descriptions.

Large Print Programs
Large print programs are available for patrons at many performances. At the Knight Theater, simply ask any usher for assistance.

Service Animals
If you or someone in your party plans to attend an event with a service animal, please inform the Box Office when purchasing your tickets so that we may arrange for an aisle seat.


Certain performances at the Performing Arts Center will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances as requested.

Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening equipment is available free of charge for all amplified performances. Please see an usher for assistance