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Tharon Musser

Designer, Assistant
( b. Jan 08, 1925 Roanoke, Virginia, USA - d. Apr 19, 2009 Newtown, Connecticut, USA ) Female
Tharon Musser won Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design for the landmark shows Follies, A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls. In the 1960s, she was often connected to serious-minded revivals such as Mother Courage and Peer Gynt, and new Edward Albee plays like A Delicate Balance. That changed somewhat after she designed the lighting for the hit 1970 musical Applause. Thereafter, she forged strong connections to leading musical theatre figures such as Stephen Sondheim (Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures), Jerry Herman (Mack & Mabel), John Kander and Fred Ebb (The Act) and, perhaps most importantly, director Michael Bennett. For Bennett, she designed lights for A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and Ballroom. A Chorus Line was the first Broadway production to utilize a completely computerized lighting console instead of the manually operated "piano boards."

Source: Playbill.com



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