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Theoni V. Aldredge

Designer
( b. Aug 22, 1922 Athens, GREECE - d. Jan 21, 2011 Stamford, Connecticut, USA ) Female
Relations: Wife of Tom Aldredge
Ms. Aldredge worked on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, but was best known for her designs for musicals. She won Tony Awards for her costumes for the original Broadway productions of Annie, Barnum and La Cage aux Folles. She was Tony-nominated a total of 15 times, and created iconic costumes for such shows as A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and 42nd Street. She was called on to recreate her simple, yet memorable work for A Chorus Line when the musical was revived in 2006. It was her final Broadway credit.

She was born Theoni Athanasiou Vachlioti on Aug. 22, 1922, in Salonika, Greece, and, despite spending the majority of her life in the U.S., never quite lost her accent. Her mother died when she was five; her father was active in Greek politics and encouraged her to travel. She was educated at the American School in Athens and then went to the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, to which she won a scholarship to study design.

She frequently worked for producer Joe Papp, where she was the principal designer for more than 20 years. ''Papp made me learn my craft, whether I liked it or not,'' she told the New York Times in 2001. ''He paid me $80 a week. I'd say, 'Joe, that's not enough for my cigarettes.' He'd say, 'You have to stop smoking.' ''

Ms. Aldredge was known for the large budgets her opulent costumes often required, and in recent years she bemoaned the limitations that shrinking funds and rehearsal schedules placed on her art.

According to fellow costume designer, Martin Pakledinaz, she did not possess a big ego and was press shy. "People didn't always realize the scope of her work on Broadway plays and musicals, which I think changed design on Broadway," said Pakledinaz. "Then, she also had an amazing ability to design for movies as diverse at 'Network,' 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Ghostbusters.' But I must admit what she taught me most was respect for actors. She loved actors."

Also active in film, Ms. Aldredge received an Oscar for her work on the 1974 film "The Great Gatsby." Her designs for the movie were adapted for a clothing line sold at Bloomingdale's. Subsequent movie work included "Network," "The Rose," "Annie," "Ghostbusters," "Moonstruck," "Addams Family Values," and "The First Wives Club."

Source: Playbill.com



Productions Date of Productions
A Chorus Line
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Oct 05, 2006 - Aug 17, 2008
Follies
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 05, 2001 - Jul 14, 2001
Gore Vidal's The Best Man
[Play, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Sep 17, 2000 - Dec 31, 2000
Annie
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 26, 1997 - Oct 19, 1997
The Three Sisters
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Feb 13, 1997 - Apr 06, 1997
Taking Sides
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Oct 17, 1996 - Dec 29, 1996
The School for Scandal
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 19, 1995 - Dec 17, 1995
The Flowering Peach
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 20, 1994 - Apr 24, 1994
The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 21, 1992 - May 02, 1992
Nick & Nora
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 08, 1991 - Dec 15, 1991
The Secret Garden
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 25, 1991 - Jan 03, 1993
Oh, Kay!
[Musical, All Black Cast, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 01, 1990 - Apr 14, 1991
Gypsy
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 16, 1989 - Jul 28, 1991
Chess
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 28, 1988 - Jun 25, 1988
Teddy & Alice
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 12, 1987 - Jan 17, 1988
Dreamgirls
[Musical, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jun 28, 1987 - Nov 29, 1987
Blithe Spirit
[Play, Comedy,Farce, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 31, 1987 - Jun 28, 1987
The Rink
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Feb 09, 1984 - Aug 04, 1984
The Corn Is Green
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Aug 22, 1983 - Sep 18, 1983
La Cage aux Folles
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Aug 21, 1983 - Nov 15, 1987
Private Lives
[Play, Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
May 08, 1983 - Jul 17, 1983
Merlin
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Feb 13, 1983 - Aug 07, 1983
A Little Family Business
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 15, 1982 - Dec 26, 1982
Ghosts
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Aug 30, 1982 - Oct 02, 1982
Dreamgirls
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 20, 1981 - Aug 11, 1985
Woman of the Year
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 29, 1981 - Mar 13, 1983
Onward Victoria
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 14, 1980 - Dec 14, 1980
42nd Street
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Aug 25, 1980 - Jan 08, 1989
Barnum
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 30, 1980 - May 16, 1982
Clothes for a Summer Hotel
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 26, 1980 - Apr 06, 1980
The Madwoman of Central Park West
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jun 13, 1979 - Aug 25, 1979
I Remember Mama
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
May 31, 1979 - Sep 02, 1979
Break a Leg
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 29, 1979 - Apr 29, 1979
The Grand Tour
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jan 11, 1979 - Mar 04, 1979
Ballroom
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 14, 1978 - Mar 24, 1979
Annie
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 21, 1977 - Jan 02, 1983
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 23, 1976 - Dec 12, 1976
Threepenny Opera
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
May 01, 1976 - Jan 23, 1977
The Belle of Amherst
[Play, Solo, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 28, 1976 - Aug 08, 1976
Mrs. Warren's Profession
[Play, Tragedy, Comedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Feb 18, 1976 - Apr 04, 1976
Trelawny of the "Wells"
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Oct 15, 1975 - Nov 23, 1975
A Chorus Line
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jul 25, 1975 - Apr 28, 1990
Little Black Sheep
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
May 07, 1975 - Jun 01, 1975
A Doll's House
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 05, 1975 - Apr 20, 1975
In Praise of Love
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 10, 1974 - May 31, 1975
Mert & Phil
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Oct 30, 1974 - Dec 08, 1974
Short Eyes
[Play, Original]
  • Principal Costume Designer for NYSF: Theoni V. Aldredge
May 23, 1974 - Aug 04, 1974
An American Millionaire
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 20, 1974 - May 05, 1974
Dance of Death
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 04, 1974 - May 05, 1974
Find Your Way Home
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jan 02, 1974 - May 04, 1974
The au Pair Man
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 27, 1973 - Jan 27, 1974
Boom Boom Room
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 08, 1973 - Dec 09, 1973
Nash at Nine
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
May 17, 1973 - Jun 02, 1973
No Hard Feelings
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 08, 1973 - Apr 08, 1973
Much Ado About Nothing
[Play, Comedy, Play with music, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 11, 1972 - Feb 11, 1973
That Championship Season
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Sep 14, 1972 - Apr 21, 1974
Voices
[Play, Play with music, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 03, 1972 - Apr 08, 1972
Sticks and Bones
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 01, 1972 - Oct 01, 1972
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
[Play, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jan 26, 1972 - Jan 29, 1972
Two Gentlemen of Verona
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 01, 1971 - May 20, 1973
The Incomparable Max
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Oct 19, 1971 - Nov 06, 1971
The Gingham Dog
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 23, 1969 - Apr 26, 1969
Billy
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 22, 1969 - Mar 22, 1969
A Way of Life
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Never Officially Opened - Feb 01, 1969
King Lear
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 07, 1968 - Feb 12, 1969
The Only Game in Town
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
May 20, 1968 - Jun 01, 1968
Weekend
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 13, 1968 - Mar 30, 1968
Portrait of a Queen
[Play, Drama, History, Play with music, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Feb 28, 1968 - Apr 20, 1968
I Never Sang for My Father
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jan 25, 1968 - May 11, 1968
Before You Go
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jan 11, 1968 - Feb 03, 1968
The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 05, 1967 - Nov 11, 1967
Daphne in Cottage D
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Oct 15, 1967 - Nov 18, 1967
Little Murders
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 25, 1967 - Apr 29, 1967
Illya Darling
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 11, 1967 - Jan 13, 1968
That Summer - That Fall
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 16, 1967 - Mar 25, 1967
You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running
The Shock of Recognition
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
The Footsteps of Doves
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
I'll Be Home For Christmas
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
I'm Herbert
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 13, 1967 - Jan 04, 1969
A Delicate Balance
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Sep 22, 1966 - Jan 14, 1967
A Time for Singing
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
May 21, 1966 - Jun 25, 1966
Happily Never After
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 10, 1966 - Mar 12, 1966
First One Asleep, Whistle
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Feb 26, 1966 - Feb 26, 1966
UTBU
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jan 04, 1966 - Jan 08, 1966
Cactus Flower
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 08, 1965 - Nov 23, 1968
The Playroom
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 05, 1965 - Jan 01, 1966
Skyscraper
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 13, 1965 - Jun 11, 1966
Minor Miracle
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Oct 07, 1965 - Oct 09, 1965
Ready When You Are, C.B.!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 07, 1964 - Feb 13, 1965
Poor Richard
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 02, 1964 - Mar 13, 1965
P.S. I Love You
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Miss Page's Clothes Designed by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 19, 1964 - Nov 28, 1964
Luv
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Nov 11, 1964 - Jan 07, 1967
The Three Sisters
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jun 22, 1964 - Oct 03, 1964
Anyone Can Whistle
[Musical, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Apr 04, 1964 - Apr 11, 1964
Any Wednesday
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Feb 18, 1964 - Jun 26, 1966
Strange Interlude
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Miss Page's costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 11, 1963 - Jun 29, 1963
Tchin-Tchin
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Oct 25, 1962 - May 18, 1963
Mr. President
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Oct 20, 1962 - Jun 08, 1963
I Can Get It for You Wholesale
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 22, 1962 - Dec 08, 1962
First Love
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 25, 1961 - Jan 13, 1962
The Devil's Advocate
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 09, 1961 - Jun 17, 1961
Mary, Mary
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 08, 1961 - Dec 12, 1964
The Best Man
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Mar 31, 1960 - Jul 08, 1961
A Distant Bell
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Jan 13, 1960 - Jan 16, 1960
Silent Night, Lonely Night
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Dec 03, 1959 - Mar 19, 1960
Flowering Cherry
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Oct 21, 1959 - Oct 24, 1959
2001 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 Follies [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1991 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 The Secret Garden [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1990 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 Gypsy [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1984 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
winnerLa Cage aux Folles [winner]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1984 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
winnerLa Cage aux Folles [winner]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1982 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 Dreamgirls [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1982 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
 Dreamgirls [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1981 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 42nd Street [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
winner42nd Street [winner]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
 Onward Victoria [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1980 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
winnerBarnum [winner]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1979 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 Ballroom [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1979 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
 Ballroom [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1977 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
winnerAnnie [winner]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1977 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 Threepenny Opera [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1976 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 A Chorus Line [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1976 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
 Trelawny of the "Wells" [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1974 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 The au Pair Man [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1973 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 Much Ado About Nothing [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1973 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
winnerMuch Ado About Nothing [winner]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1972 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
 Two Gentlemen of Verona [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1972 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
winnerTwo Gentlemen of Verona [winner]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
1970 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
winner Theoni V. Aldredge (for "Peer Gynt") [winner]
1961 Tony Award® Best Costume Design (Dramatic)
 The Devil's Advocate [nominee]
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
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