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20 Days of Theatrical Thanks 2012: Day 9

Today I’m thankful for… damned good lighting designs.

Inspired lighting design can entirely transform the tone and meaning of a production, and when it’s done exceptionally well it’s just plain orgasmic — at least for this gal. I’ve been semi-obsessed with designer Neil Austin since I first saw his work on (what else?) Parade, but seriously, the man is brilliant. Here are some highlights (you can read more about my thoughts on his designs for Red and Hamlet here):

Parade at the Donmar Warehouse, 2007.

Jude Law in Hamlet on Broadway, 2009.

Alfred Molina in Red on Broadway, 2009.

Ricky Martin in Evita on Broadway, 2012.

For more gorgeous images of Austin’s work, go to his website. He’ll be designing this Broadway season’s starry revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by (who else?) Rob Ashford.

For more info about 20 Days of Thanks, go here.

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