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Alvin Colt

Designer
( b. circa 1916 - d. May 04, 2008 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Mr. Colt designed costumes for over 50 Broadway productions, earning additional Tony nominations for his designs for Phoenix '55, The Lark, Li'l Abner, The Sleeping Prince and Greenwillow. He also designed over 15 shows for Off-Broadway's Phoenix Theatre.

Mr. Colt made his Broadway debut in the early forties, designing costumes for the original production of the Leonard Bernstein-Adolph Green-Betty Comden musical On the Town in 1944. About that production, Mr. Colt told Playbill.com in September 2006, "Needless to say, it was a big hit and it got me going on Broadway. I had done a lot of things with the ballet before that. I had worked with all the On the Town people before in ballet like Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Oliver Smith. That started it all off."

Mr. Colt's final Broadway design credit was for the short-lived Renée Taylor and Joe Bologna play, If you ever leave me...I'm going with you!, in summer 2001. In between that time period, his costume design credits boasted the Broadway productions of Around the World, Barefoot Boy with Cheek, Music in My Heart, Top Banana, Fanny, Guys and Dolls, Finian's Rainbow, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Sleeping Prince, First Impressions, Destry Rides Again, Wildcat, Here's Love, The Crucible, The Imaginary Invalid, The Goodbye People, Sugar, Lorelei, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and Waiting in the Wings, among others.

In recent years Mr. Colt designed several editions of the long-running Off-Broadway revue, Forbidden Broadway. "I enjoy it," he told Playbill.com about his work on the Gerard Alessandrini productions. "It keeps me going. Most of my collaborators are all doing their shows up in heaven or someplace. I don't know a lot of the current bunch and they don't know me. Designers go in cycles. Sometimes they're popular and sometimes they're not. It's part of the crazy business we're in."

Mr. Colt also spoke about his decision to become a costume designer: "As a little boy, I had my toy theatre in the attic of our house in Kentucky," he said in 2006. "I lost both my mother and father at a young age, but I did have a brother and he knew I wanted to do something in the theatre. So I ended up going to Yale for design. I thought I wanted to be a set designer. I didn't have a BA, so I never got an MA, but I was there for three years. Then I went straight to New York. My first job was with a theatrical fabric house. I made fifteen dollars a week with commission. I worked summer theatre, painting and holding scenery. Then one summer I worked with a ballet company and that got me interested in costuming."

Mr. Colt also designed for TV and film, although his theatre output was more prolific. Among his screen credits are costume designs for the films "Top Banana," "Stiletto" and "Li'l Abner" and for the TV productions of "The Enchanted Nutcracker," "Kiss Me Kate," "The Adams Chronicles," "The 30th Annual Tony Awards," "CBS: On the Air" and "Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood."

In 2007 the Museum of the City of New York offered the exhibition "Costumes and Characters: The Designs of Alvin Colt," and the Museum is now the home of the his many costume sketches.

source: Playbill.com



Productions Date of Productions
If you ever leave me...I'm going with you!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Aug 06, 2001 - Sep 23, 2001
Waiting in the Wings
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Dec 16, 1999 - May 28, 2000
The Herbal Bed
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 16, 1998 - Apr 26, 1998
Sacrilege
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 02, 1995 - Nov 19, 1995
Comedy Tonight
[Special, Variety, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Dec 18, 1994 - Dec 25, 1994
Accomplice
[Play, Comedy, Thriller, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 26, 1990 - Jun 10, 1990
Jerome Robbins' Broadway
[Musical, Revue, Dance, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990
Broadway Follies
[Musical, Variety, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Mar 15, 1981 - Mar 15, 1981
The Roast
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
May 08, 1980 - May 10, 1980
Lorelei
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Jan 27, 1974 - Nov 03, 1974
Sugar
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 09, 1972 - Jun 23, 1973
The Goodbye People
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Dec 03, 1968 - Dec 07, 1968
Golden Rainbow
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Feb 04, 1968 - Jan 11, 1969
Henry, Sweet Henry
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Oct 23, 1967 - Dec 31, 1967
Tonight at 8:30
Fumed Oak
[Play, Comedy, One Act, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Still Life
[Play, One Act, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Ways and Means
[Play, Comedy, One Act, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
May 03, 1967 - May 13, 1967
A Touch of the Poet
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
May 02, 1967 - May 13, 1967
The Imaginary Invalid
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
May 01, 1967 - May 13, 1967
The Paisley Convertible
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Feb 11, 1967 - Feb 18, 1967
Something More!
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 10, 1964 - Nov 21, 1964
The Crucible
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 06, 1964 - May 02, 1964
The Seagull
[Play, Drama, Comedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 05, 1964 - May 02, 1964
Here's Love
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Oct 03, 1963 - Jul 25, 1964
The Beauty Part
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Dec 26, 1962 - Mar 09, 1963
The Aspern Papers
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Feb 07, 1962 - Apr 28, 1962
13 Daughters
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Mar 02, 1961 - Mar 25, 1961
Wildcat
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Dec 16, 1960 - Jun 03, 1961
Christine
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 28, 1960 - May 08, 1960
Greenwillow
[Musical, Comedy, Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Mar 08, 1960 - May 28, 1960
Destry Rides Again
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 23, 1959 - Jun 18, 1960
First Impressions
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Mar 19, 1959 - May 30, 1959
Say, Darling
[Play, Comedy, Play with music, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 03, 1958 - Jan 17, 1959
Blue Denim
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Feb 27, 1958 - Jul 19, 1958
The Infernal Machine
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Feb 03, 1958 - Mar 09, 1958
Rumple
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 06, 1957 - Dec 14, 1957
Copper and Brass
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Oct 17, 1957 - Nov 16, 1957
Mary Stuart
[Play, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Oct 08, 1957 - Nov 24, 1957
Livin' The Life
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 27, 1957 - May 19, 1957
Li'l Abner
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 15, 1956 - Jul 12, 1958
Diary of a Scoundrel
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 04, 1956 - Nov 25, 1956
The Sleeping Prince
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 01, 1956 - Dec 22, 1956
The Littlest Revue
[Musical, Sketches, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
May 22, 1956 - Jun 17, 1956
A Month in the Country
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 03, 1956 - May 13, 1956
Six Characters in Search of an Author
[Play, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Dec 11, 1955 - Feb 05, 1956
Pipe Dream
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 30, 1955 - Jun 30, 1956
The Lark
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 17, 1955 - Jun 02, 1956
The Carefree Tree
[Play, Play with music, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Oct 11, 1955 - Oct 30, 1955
Phoenix '55
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
May 23, 1955 - Jul 17, 1955
Finian's Rainbow
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
May 18, 1955 - May 29, 1955
Guys and Dolls
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 20, 1955 - May 31, 1955
Fanny
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 04, 1954 - Dec 16, 1956
The Golden Apple
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 20, 1954 - Aug 07, 1954
Madam, Will You Walk
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costumes Supervised by: Alvin Colt
Dec 01, 1953 - Jan 10, 1954
The Frogs of Spring
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Oct 20, 1953 - Oct 31, 1953
Top Banana
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 01, 1951 - Oct 04, 1952
Guys and Dolls
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Nov 24, 1950 - Nov 28, 1953
Clutterbuck
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costumes Supervised by Alvin Colt
Dec 03, 1949 - Jun 10, 1950
Music in My Heart
[Musical, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Alvin Colt
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Oct 02, 1947 - Jan 24, 1948
Barefoot Boy With Cheek
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Apr 03, 1947 - Jul 05, 1947
Around the World
[Musical, Extravaganza, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
May 31, 1946 - Aug 03, 1946
On the Town
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Dec 28, 1944 - Feb 02, 1946
Special Events Date of Special Events
Parade of Stars Playing the Palace
[Special, Benefit, Original]
  • Costume Design by Alvin Colt
May 02, 1983 - May 02, 1983
1999 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
  Alvin Colt (for "Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act") [nominee]
1960 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 Greenwillow [nominee]
Costume Design by Alvin Colt
1957 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 Li'l Abner [nominee]
Costume Design by Alvin Colt
1957 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 The Sleeping Prince [nominee]
Costume Design by Alvin Colt
1956 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
winnerPipe Dream [winner]
Costume Design by Alvin Colt
1956 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 The Lark [nominee]
Costume Design by Alvin Colt
1956 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 Phoenix '55 [nominee]
Costume Design by Alvin Colt
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