Gender
Female
Born
Jan 08, 1925
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Died
Apr 19, 2009
Newtown, Connecticut, USA
Designer Assistant
Comments
Biography: Tharon Musser was born on January 8, 1925 in Roanoke, Virginia. She attended Berea College and Yale University. She is survived by her life partner, lighting designer Marilyn Rennagel.

Film/TV Credits: Lighting designer for "The Wiz" (Video) and "Pacific Overtures" (TV Movie).

Trivia:
In 1975, she brought new technology to the industry as A Chorus Line was the first Broadway show to use a fully computerized lighting console instead of manually operated "piano boards."

She did lighting for 13 seasons of the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut.

The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on April 20, 2009.
A Chorus Line (Oct 05, 2006 - Aug 17, 2008)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalDramaRevival
The Lonesome West (Apr 27, 1999 - Jun 13, 1999)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Uncle Vanya (Feb 23, 1995 - Mar 19, 1995)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaRevival
Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Nov 22, 1993 - Aug 27, 1994)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
The Goodbye Girl (Mar 04, 1993 - Aug 15, 1993)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
Jake's Women (Mar 24, 1992 - Oct 25, 1992)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
The Secret Garden (Apr 25, 1991 - Jan 03, 1993)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Lost in Yonkers (Feb 21, 1991 - Jan 03, 1993)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Artist Descending a Staircase (Nov 30, 1989 - Dec 31, 1989)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Welcome to the Club (Apr 13, 1989 - Apr 22, 1989)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Rumors (Nov 17, 1988 - Feb 24, 1990)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedy FarceOriginal
Teddy & Alice (Nov 12, 1987 - Jan 17, 1988)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Dreamgirls (Jun 28, 1987 - Nov 29, 1987)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalRevival
A Month of Sundays (Apr 16, 1987 - Apr 18, 1987)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Broadway Bound (Dec 04, 1986 - Sep 25, 1988)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Jerry's Girls (Dec 18, 1985 - Apr 20, 1986)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalRevueOriginal
The Odd Couple (Jun 11, 1985 - Feb 23, 1986)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyRevival
Biloxi Blues (Mar 28, 1985 - Jun 28, 1986)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Open Admissions (Jan 29, 1984 - Feb 12, 1984)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaOriginal
The Real Thing (Jan 05, 1984 - May 12, 1985)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaOriginal
Private Lives (May 08, 1983 - Jul 17, 1983)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedy Romantic ComedyRevival
Brighton Beach Memoirs (Mar 27, 1983 - May 11, 1986)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Merlin (Feb 13, 1983 - Aug 07, 1983)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Special Occasions (Feb 07, 1982 - Feb 07, 1982)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Dreamgirls (Dec 20, 1981 - Aug 11, 1985)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
The Moony Shapiro Songbook (May 03, 1981 - May 03, 1981)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
Fools (Apr 06, 1981 - May 09, 1981)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
42nd Street (Aug 25, 1980 - Jan 08, 1989)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
The Roast (May 08, 1980 - May 10, 1980)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
I Ought to Be in Pictures (Apr 03, 1980 - Jan 11, 1981)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Children of a Lesser God (Mar 30, 1980 - May 16, 1982)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaOriginal
Whose Life is it Anyway? (Feb 24, 1980 - May 18, 1980)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaRevival
Last Licks (Nov 20, 1979 - Dec 01, 1979)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Romantic Comedy (Nov 08, 1979 - Oct 18, 1980)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayRomantic ComedyOriginal
The 1940's Radio Hour (Oct 07, 1979 - Jan 06, 1980)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Whose Life is it Anyway? (Apr 17, 1979 - Oct 27, 1979)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaOriginal
They're Playing Our Song (Feb 11, 1979 - Sep 06, 1981)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalRomantic ComedyOriginal
Ballroom (Dec 14, 1978 - Mar 24, 1979)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Tribute (Jun 01, 1978 - Dec 02, 1978)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Chapter Two (Dec 04, 1977 - Dec 08, 1979)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
The Act (Oct 29, 1977 - Jul 01, 1978)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
California Suite (Jun 10, 1976 - Jul 02, 1977)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (May 04, 1976 - May 08, 1976)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Pacific Overtures (Jan 11, 1976 - Jun 27, 1976)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedy DramaOriginal
Me and Bessie (Oct 22, 1975 - Dec 05, 1976)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
A Chorus Line (Jul 25, 1975 - Apr 28, 1990)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalDramaOriginal
Same Time, Next Year (Mar 13, 1975 - Sep 03, 1978)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
The Wiz (Jan 05, 1975 - Jan 28, 1979)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
Good News (Dec 23, 1974 - Jan 04, 1975)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyRevival
God's Favorite (Dec 11, 1974 - Mar 23, 1975)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Mack & Mabel (Oct 06, 1974 - Nov 30, 1974)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Scapino (Sep 27, 1974 - Mar 02, 1975)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyRevival
Candide (Mar 10, 1974 - Jan 04, 1976)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyRevival
The Good Doctor (Nov 27, 1973 - May 26, 1974)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
A Little Night Music (Feb 25, 1973 - Aug 03, 1974)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalRomantic ComedyOriginal
The Sunshine Boys (Dec 20, 1972 - Apr 21, 1974)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Don Juan (Dec 11, 1972 - Jan 14, 1973)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyRevival
The Great God Brown (Dec 10, 1972 - Jan 14, 1973)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayRevival
The Creation of the World and Other Business (Nov 30, 1972 - Dec 16, 1972)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Night Watch (Feb 28, 1972 - Jun 10, 1972)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Nov 11, 1971 - Sep 29, 1973)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedy DramaOriginal
On the Town (Oct 31, 1971 - Jan 01, 1972)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyRevival
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (Jun 02, 1971 - Jun 26, 1971)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Follies (Apr 04, 1971 - Jul 01, 1972)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalDramaOriginal
The Boy Friend (Apr 14, 1970 - Jul 18, 1970)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyRevival
Applause (Mar 30, 1970 - Jul 27, 1972)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Blood Red Roses (Mar 22, 1970 - Mar 22, 1970)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalDrama HistoryOriginal
The Gingham Dog (Apr 23, 1969 - Apr 26, 1969)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
A Way of Life (Never Officially Opened - Feb 01, 1969)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
The Fig Leaves Are Falling (Jan 02, 1969 - Jan 06, 1969)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Maggie Flynn (Oct 23, 1968 - Jan 05, 1969)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Lovers (Jul 25, 1968 - Nov 30, 1968)
  • Winners
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
  • Losers
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Everything in the Garden (Nov 29, 1967 - Feb 10, 1968)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
The Promise (Nov 14, 1967 - Dec 02, 1967)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
After the Rain (Oct 09, 1967 - Dec 02, 1967)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
The Birthday Party (Oct 03, 1967 - Jan 20, 1968)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Tonight at 8:30 (May 03, 1967 - May 13, 1967)
  • Fumed Oak
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedy One ActRevival
  • Still Life
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOne ActRevival
  • Ways and Means
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedy One ActRevival
A Touch of the Poet (May 02, 1967 - May 13, 1967)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaRevival
The Imaginary Invalid (May 01, 1967 - May 13, 1967)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyRevival
Hallelujah, Baby! (Apr 26, 1967 - Jan 13, 1968)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Never Officially Opened - Dec 14, 1966)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
A Delicate Balance (Sep 22, 1966 - Jan 14, 1967)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaOriginal
Mame (May 24, 1966 - Jan 03, 1970)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
The Lion in Winter (Mar 03, 1966 - May 21, 1966)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
The Great Indoors (Feb 01, 1966 - Feb 05, 1966)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaOriginal
Malcolm (Jan 11, 1966 - Jan 15, 1966)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Minor Miracle (Oct 07, 1965 - Oct 09, 1965)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Flora, The Red Menace (May 11, 1965 - Jul 24, 1965)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
All in Good Time (Feb 18, 1965 - Mar 27, 1965)
  • Lighting and American production supervised by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Kelly (Feb 06, 1965 - Feb 06, 1965)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Alfie! (Dec 17, 1964 - Jan 02, 1965)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Golden Boy (Oct 20, 1964 - Mar 05, 1966)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
The Crucible (Apr 06, 1964 - May 02, 1964)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaRevival
The Seagull (Apr 05, 1964 - May 02, 1964)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDrama ComedyRevival
Any Wednesday (Feb 18, 1964 - Jun 26, 1966)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Marathon '33 (Dec 22, 1963 - Feb 01, 1964)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Here's Love (Oct 03, 1963 - Jul 25, 1964)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Mother Courage and Her Children (Mar 28, 1963 - May 11, 1963)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Andorra (Feb 09, 1963 - Feb 16, 1963)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Nowhere to Go But Up (Nov 10, 1962 - Nov 17, 1962)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Calculated Risk (Oct 31, 1962 - May 11, 1963)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayMysteryOriginal
Giants, Sons of Giants (Jan 06, 1962 - Jan 13, 1962)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayRevival
The Garden of Sweets (Oct 31, 1961 - Oct 31, 1961)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
The Tumbler (Feb 24, 1960 - Feb 27, 1960)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
The Long Dream (Feb 17, 1960 - Feb 20, 1960)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Peer Gynt (Jan 12, 1960 - Feb 07, 1960)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDrama PoemRevival
Five Finger Exercise (Dec 02, 1959 - Oct 01, 1960)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Only in America (Nov 19, 1959 - Dec 12, 1959)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
The Great God Brown (Oct 06, 1959 - Nov 01, 1959)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayRevival
Once Upon a Mattress (May 11, 1959 - Jul 02, 1960)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
The Beaux Stratagem (Feb 24, 1959 - Mar 08, 1959)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyRevival
The Rivalry (Feb 07, 1959 - Apr 18, 1959)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaOriginal
J.B. (Dec 11, 1958 - Oct 24, 1959)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaOriginal
The Shadow of a Gunman (Nov 20, 1958 - Jan 03, 1959)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaRevival
The Firstborn (Apr 30, 1958 - May 31, 1958)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
The Entertainer (Feb 12, 1958 - May 10, 1958)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaOriginal
The Infernal Machine (Feb 03, 1958 - Mar 09, 1958)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
The Chairs and The Lesson (Jan 09, 1958 - Jan 26, 1958)
  • The Chairs
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayFarce TragedyOriginal
  • The Lesson
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedy DramaOriginal
Makropoulos Secret (Dec 03, 1957 - Dec 31, 1957)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayRevival
Monique (Oct 22, 1957 - Dec 14, 1957)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayOriginal
Shinbone Alley (Apr 13, 1957 - May 25, 1957)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Li'l Abner (Nov 15, 1956 - Jul 12, 1958)
  • Assistant to the Eckarts: Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
Long Day's Journey Into Night (Nov 07, 1956 - Mar 29, 1958)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaOriginal
A Chorus Line (May 04, 2008 - Jun 13, 2010)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalDramaRevival
Dreamgirls (Oct 07, 1997 - May 03, 1998)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalRevival
A Chorus Line (Sep 24, 1996 - Jun 22, 1997)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalDramaRevival
Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Jan 10, 1995 - Jan 21, 1996)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
The Secret Garden (Apr 28, 1992 - May 22, 1994)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
Lost in Yonkers (Nov 01, 1991 - May 30, 1993)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
A Chorus Line (Oct 02, 1990 - May 09, 1993)
  • Original Lighting by Tharon Musser
MusicalDramaRevival
Broadway Bound (Sep 06, 1988 - Dec 11, 1988)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Broadway Bound (Oct 20, 1987 - Jul 31, 1988)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Biloxi Blues (Feb 11, 1986 - May 24, 1987)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Dreamgirls (Oct 08, 1985 - Jun 14, 1987)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalRevival
42nd Street (Feb 19, 1985 - Jan 26, 1986)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
Brighton Beach Memoirs (Sep 18, 1984 - Aug 25, 1985)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
42nd Street (Feb 03, 1984 - Dec 02, 1984)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nov 21, 1983 - Oct 14, 1984)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayComedyOriginal
Dreamgirls (Mar 17, 1983 - Jul 15, 1984)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalOriginal
42nd Street (Jan 01, 1983 - Mar 30, 1986)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
Children of a Lesser God (Aug 31, 1981 - May 09, 1982)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaSign LanguageOriginal
They're Playing Our Song (Jan 19, 1981 - Jul 25, 1982)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedy Romantic ComedyOriginal
Children of a Lesser God (Nov 21, 1980 - Feb 21, 1982)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
PlayDramaSign LanguageOriginal
They're Playing Our Song (Dec 03, 1979 - Nov 07, 1981)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedy Romantic ComedyOriginal
The Wiz (Jun 23, 1978 - Jul 01, 1979)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
Pacific Overtures (Aug 31, 1976 - Dec 18, 1976)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedy DramaOriginal
The Wiz (Jun 15, 1976 - Jul 07, 1979)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalComedyOriginal
A Chorus Line (May 06, 1976 - Aug 17, 1980)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalDramaOriginal
A Chorus Line (Apr 29, 1976 - May 29, 1983)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalDramaOriginal
A Little Night Music (Feb 26, 1974 - Feb 15, 1975)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
MusicalRomantic ComedyOriginal
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (Mar 11, 1973 - Mar 11, 1973)
  • Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
SpecialBenefitOriginal

Tony Award®

Best Lighting Design

1982 | Winner  | Dreamgirls
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Best Lighting Design

1981 | Nominee  | 42nd Street
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Best Lighting Design

1979 | Nominee  | Ballroom
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Best Lighting Design

1978 | Nominee  | The Act
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser

Best Lighting Design

1976 | Winner  | A Chorus Line
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Best Lighting Design

1976 | Nominee  | Pacific Overtures
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Best Lighting Design

1974 | Nominee  | The Good Doctor
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Best Lighting Design

1973 | Nominee  | A Little Night Music
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser

Best Lighting Design

1972 | Winner  | Follies
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Best Lighting Design

1970 | Nominee  | Applause
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Lighting Design

1991 | Nominee  | The Secret Garden
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Outstanding Lighting Design

1990 | Nominee  | Artist Descending a Staircase
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Outstanding Lighting Design

1984 | Nominee  | The Real Thing
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser

Outstanding Lighting Design

1982 | Winner  | Dreamgirls
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Outstanding Lighting Design

1980 | Nominee  | Children of a Lesser God
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Outstanding Lighting Design

1979 | Nominee  | Ballroom
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser
 

Outstanding Lighting Design

1979 | Nominee  | They're Playing Our Song
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser

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