'Hamilton' costume designer to speak at Kent

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Paul Tazewell, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning costume designer who created the costumes for Broadway smash “Hamilton,” will give a free lecture at Kent State University on Sept. 25.

The Akron native will speak at 7 p.m. in the E. Turner Stump Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive. Free parking is available. A complimentary dessert reception will immediately follow the talk.

Although tickets are free, reservations are required and will be available at noon Sept 11. To obtain tickets, call 330-672-2787, visit the box office in the Roe Green Center lobby at 1325 Theatre Drive or go to kent.edu/artscollege. There is a four-ticket limit per person. The box office is open weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.

Tazewell has been designing costumes for theater, dance, opera and film for more than 25 years. On Broadway, his credits include “In the Heights,” “Memphis,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Side Show,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Color Purple” (2005), “Doctor Zhivago” and “Elaine Stritch at Liberty.” He has garnered six Tony Award nominations.

In 2015, he designed the costumes for “Hamilton,” a show that has shattered the definition of the American musical and has become a social, artistic and political phenomenon. In 2016, he was awarded both a Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for “Hamilton” and the Emmy Award for “The Wiz Live!” on NBC.

Tazewell, who is a graduate of Akron’s Buchtel High School, will give a master class to Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance costume design graduate and undergraduate students during the day Sept. 25.

He also has designed for the Metropolitan Opera, the Bolshoi Ballet and the English National Opera.

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