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Brian MacDevitt ’80 Wins Sixth Tony Award

For Best Lighting Design of a Musical for The Outsiders.


Brian MacDevitt ’80 earned his sixth Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for his work on The Outsiders.

He shares the award with Hana S. Kim.

Playing at the Bernard Jacobs Theater, the musical is based on the 1967 classic novel by S.E. Hinton and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1982 landmark motion picture .

Actors on stage dimly lit and in motion.


The lighting design is described as “powerful and precise” by TheaterMania,  ”wonderfully expressive” by Variety, and “brilliant” by Entertainment Weekly: “With every beating that Ponyboy takes — and, dang, does that poor boy take a walloping during the musical’s two hour runtime — sound and lighting designers Cody Spencer and Brian MacDevitt, respectively, ensure that theatergoers feel each and every punch through loud, ear-ringing white noise and blinding flashes of light.”  

Read more about the technical aspects.

MacDevitt also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical earlier this year.

Actors on stage with a diffused spotlight