Lighting Designer(United States)
El Milagro del Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering. As lighting director, Ken Billington’s HGO credits include Willie Stark (1981); Madame Butterfly (1985, 1993, 1999); Faust (1985, 1990, 1997, 2007); Aida (1987, 1999); La Rondine (1988); Così fan tutte (1988, 1990); Carmen (1988, 1998, 2001 [Miller]); The Marriage of Figaro (1988, 1990, 1998); Don Giovanni (1990, 1999); Annie Get Your Gun (1992); Porgy and Bess (1995); Arabella (1998); A Little Night Music (1999); and Pagliacci (2000 [Miller]). He was also the original lighting designer for HGO’s Faust in 2016.
About the Artist:
Ken Billington has designed lighting for 24 productions for HGO, including Aida for the opening of the Wortham Center (1987) and the three Mozart–Da Ponte operas—The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte—in the classic Göran Järvefelt productions. On Broadway, he has almost 100 shows to his credit including such theater milestones as Sweeney Todd and the current production of Chicago,the longest running American musical in history. Touring productions have included Chicago (worldwide), Annie, 42nd Street, the seasonal White Christmas, Dreamgirls, High School Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Doctor Doolittle, to name a few. Other projects include New York's Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular from 1979 to 2005; the Las Vegas spectacular Jubilee!; the Shamu Killer Whale shows for Seaworld in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego; and architectural lighting for New York restaurants Tavern on the Green and 54 Below. Billington is the recipient of Tony, New York Drama Desk, and Outer Critics awards; he also won an Ace Award for television lighting and a Lumen Award for his architectural work. He has also been inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.