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Ming Cho Lee

 
Bio:
He first worked on Broadway as a second assistant set designer to Jo Mielziner on The Most Happy Fella in 1956. Lee's first Broadway play as Scenic Designer was The Moon Besieged in 1962; he went on to design the sets for over 20 Broadway shows, including Mother Courage and Her Children, King Lear, ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
He first worked on Broadway as a second assistant set designer to Jo Mielziner on The Most Happy Fella in 1956. Lee's first Broadway play as Scenic Designer was The Moon Besieged in 1962; he went on to design the sets for over 20 Broadway shows, including Mother Courage and Her Children, King Lear, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[US Tour, 2005]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1986]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1983]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1983]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1978]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1977]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1977]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1977]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Scenic Designer
 
[West End, 1973]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1972]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1971]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1970]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1970]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1969]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1969]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1967]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1967]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1966]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1963]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1962]
Scenic Designer
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Assistant to Mr. Aronson
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Assistant Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Assistant Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1959]
Assistant to Boris Aronson
 
[Broadway, 1958]
Assistant Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1958]
Assistant Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1957]
Assistant Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1957]
Assistant Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1956]
2nd Assistant Designer to Mr. Mielziner

Ming Cho Lee Biography

He first worked on Broadway as a second assistant set designer to Jo Mielziner on The Most Happy Fella in 1956. Lee's first Broadway play as Scenic Designer was The Moon Besieged in 1962; he went on to design the sets for over 20 Broadway shows, including Mother Courage and Her Children, King Lear, The Glass Menagerie, The Shadow Box, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. He won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design, a Helen Hayes Award, and in 1983 he received a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for K2. He also designed sets for opera (including eight productions for the Metropolitan Opera and thirteen for the New York City Opera, ballet, and regional theatres such as Arena Stage, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Guthrie Theater.

He designed over 30 productions for Joseph Papp at The Public Theater, including the original Off-Broadway production of Hair (musical). Since 1969, Lee has taught at the Yale School of Drama, where he was co-chair of the Design Department. In February 2017, he announced that he would be retiring at the end of the fall semester.

Ming Cho Lee Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2013 - Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Gold Star
Ming Cho Lee
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production
Ming Cho LeeDon Carlos
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production
Ming Cho LeeK2
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production
Ming Cho LeeThe Merchant of Venice
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production
Ming Cho LeeMourning Becomes Electra
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production
Ming Cho LeeMacbeth
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Set Design Gold Star
Ming Cho Lee, K2
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1983 - Best Set and Lighting Design Gold Star
Ming Cho Lee, K2
 
The Hewes Awards - 1983 - Scenic Design Gold Star
Ming Cho Lee, K2
 
Tony Awards - 1983 - Best Scenic Design Gold Star
Ming Cho Lee, K2
 
The Hewes Awards - 1968 - Scenic Design Gold Star
Ming Cho Lee, Ergo
 
The Hewes Awards - 1965 - Scenic Design Gold Star
Ming Cho Lee, Electra

Ming Cho Lee News

Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson to be Honored at Theatre Communicati Photo Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson to be Honored at Theatre Communications Group 2023 Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 14, 2022

Theatre Communications Group has announced that the 2023 TCG Gala: Our Stories will be held on Monday, January 9, 2023, at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. The Gala will honor Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson and will include festive performances, inspiring speakers, and a celebratory dinner.

Graham 2 Presents THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, December 18 Photo Graham 2 Presents THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, December 18
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 11, 2022

The Martha Graham Dance Company's acclaimed second company will perform Martha Graham's rarely seen The Owl and the Pussycat on Sunday, December 18, at 1pm and 5pm.

Jules Fisher and Jennifer Tipton to Receive Ming Cho Lee Award Photo Jules Fisher and Jennifer Tipton to Receive Ming Cho Lee Award
by Stephi Wild - Oct 10, 2022

The Henry Hewes Design Awards committee announced that legendary lighting designers Jules Fisher and Jennifer Tipton will each be honored with the Ming Cho Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement in Design, bestowed by the Henry Hewes Design Awards at the 58th annual event on October 24 in a livestream awards ceremony.

The College of Fellows of the American Theatre Welcomes New Members Photo The College of Fellows of the American Theatre Welcomes New Members
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 23, 2021

The College of Fellows of the American Theatre has announced the investiture of the 2022 class during April at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

2021 Hewes Design Awards Announced Photo 2021 Hewes Design Awards Announced
by Stephi Wild - Oct 13, 2021

Legendary costume designers Toni-Leslie James and Ann Roth each will be honored with a Ming Cho Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement in Design, bestowed by the Henry Hewes Design Awards at the 57th annual event on November 1 in a livestream awards ceremony.

Yale School of Drama Announces Design Department Reorganization and Leadership Succes Photo Yale School of Drama Announces Design Department Reorganization and Leadership Succession
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 7, 2021

Yale School of Drama will align all 5 Design disciplines‚Äď Costume, Lighting, Projection, Set, and Sound‚Äď in 1 department instead of 2, to promote the most robust common core offerings for all Design students & to build upon the School of Drama‚Äôs historic practice of training designers who are flexible & fluent collaborators with their colleagues.

Wake Up With BWW 10/26: Olivier Award Winners, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 10/26: Olivier Award Winners, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 26, 2020

Today's top stories: find out who took home 2020 Olivier Awards, watch the full Broadway Sings For Biden concert, and more!

Set Designer Ming Cho Lee Dies at Age 90 Photo Set Designer Ming Cho Lee Dies at Age 90
by Stephi Wild - Oct 25, 2020

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that set designer Ming Cho Lee has died at age 90.

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by Stephi Wild - Oct 16, 2020

SOFT POWER, HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING, and More Take Home 2020 Hewes Design Awards Photo SOFT POWER, HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING, and More Take Home 2020 Hewes Design Awards
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 15, 2020

The 2020 Henry Hewes Design Award Honors for the 2019‚Äď2020 theater season were presented yesterday at a virtual awards ceremony attended by more than 100 people.

Ming Cho Lee Videos

BWW TV: Watch BWW's Special Coverage of the Tony Eve Cocktail Party!
by Robert Diamond - Jun 9, 2013

The Tonys are just a few hours away, but as you get ready, check out our special video from the annual Tony Eve Cocktail Party which took place last night, Saturday, June 8th, at the Lugo Caffe (One Penn Plaza) in Midtown.


Ming Cho Lee Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Ming Cho Lee been nominated for?
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (Tony Awards) , Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Don Carlos , Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for K2 , Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Merchant of Venice , Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Mourning Becomes Electra , Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Macbeth , Outstanding Set Design (Drama Desk Awards) for K2 , Best Set and Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for K2 , Scenic Design (The Hewes Awards) for K2 , Best Scenic Design (Tony Awards) for K2 Scenic Design (The Hewes Awards) for Ergo and Scenic Design (The Hewes Awards) for Electra .

What awards has Ming Cho Lee won?
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (Tony Awards), Outstanding Set Design (Drama Desk Awards) for K2, Best Set and Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for K2, Scenic Design (The Hewes Awards) for K2, Best Scenic Design (Tony Awards) for K2 Scenic Design (The Hewes Awards) for Ergoand Scenic Design (The Hewes Awards) for Electra.