, who has designed sets and costumes for film, opera, ballet, and television but is perhaps best known for his extensive work in theatre, will appear live, onstage at Palm Beach Dramaworks on Tuesday, January 3, to discuss his distinguished career with J. Barry Lewis as part of the popular series Dramalogue - Talking Theatre! The program will be presented twice, at 2pm and 7pm, at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre.
Elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991, Walton has received 16 Tony Award nominations and won for his scenic design of Pippin (1973), The House of Blue Leaves (1986), and Guys and Dolls (1982). He also received the Academy Award for Art Direction for his work on All That Jazz (1980), and an Emmy Award for Art Direction for Death of a Salesman (1986).
Walton made his Broadway debut in 1967 as set and costume designer of The Apple Tree, and received a Tony nomination for his costumes. Other memorable productions include Chicago (1976), A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (1980), The Real Thing (1984), The Front Page (1987), Anything Goes (1988), Lend Me a Tenor (1989), Grand Hotel (1990), She Loves Me (1994), and Uncle Vanya (2000). He received Tony nominations for his scenic design on each of those shows, and was also nominated as costume designer for his work on Anything Goes. In Hollywood, his superb costumes for Mary Poppins (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), and The Wiz (1978) earned him Academy Award nominations.
Walton began directing 20 years ago (designing many of his productions as well), and his work has been seen in New York at the Irish Repertory Theatre, the Irish Arts Center, and the York Theatre Company, as well as at The Old Globe in San Diego, Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton, Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT, and Asolo Rep in Sarasota. A short list of the actors he's directed includes Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergman, Bobby Cannavale, Glenn Close, Jim Dale, Blythe Danner, Melissa Errico, Boyd Gaines, Simon Jones, Nancy Marchand, Bebe Neuwirth, Mercedes Ruehl, and Marian Seldes.