Tharon Musser

Tharon Musser


Tharon Musser, who won Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design for the landmark shows Follies, A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls, died April 19, 2009, after a long illness. She was 84. Ms. Musser was born on Jan. 8, 1925, and designed dozens of Broadway shows, garnering ten Tony nominations in all. Her Broadway debut was auspicious enough; it was the original 1956 staging of O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. She followed that up with such shows as a double bill of Ionesco's The Chairs and The Lesson; The Entertainer; J.B.; Once Upon a Mattress.

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  • Born: Jan 8, 1925
  • Death: Apr 19, 2009 in Newtown, CT


Drama Desk Award
1991 Outstanding Lighting Design The Secret Garden Nominee
1990 Outstanding Lighting Design Artist Descending a Staircase Nominee
1984 Outstanding Lighting Design The Real Thing Nominee
1982 Outstanding Lighting Design Dreamgirls Winner
1980 Outstanding Lighting Design Children of a Lesser God Nominee
1979 Outstanding Lighting Design Ballroom Nominee
1979 Outstanding Lighting Design They're Playing Our Song Nominee
Tony Award
1982 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Dreamgirls Winner
1981 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) 42nd Street Nominee
1979 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Ballroom Nominee
1978 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) The Act Nominee
1976 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) A Chorus Line Winner
1976 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Pacific Overtures Nominee
1974 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) The Good Doctor Nominee
1973 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) A Little Night Music Nominee
1972 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Follies Winner
1970 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Applause Nominee

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