|Died||21 November 1986 (aged 74)|
Howard Bay (May 3, 1912– November 21, 1986, New York City) was an American scenic, lighting and costume designer for stage, opera and film. He won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design twice.
Howard Bay was born in Centralia, Washington to parents who were teachers; his father was an art teacher, his mother an English teacher. Over 50 years he designed the sets and lighting, as well as occasionally the costumes, for some 105 Broadway plays and musicals as well as operas and television shows.
Bay designed sets for the Federal Theatre Project in New York City, for four operas for the National Orchestral Association, performed at Carnegie Hall, 1939–40 and for the operas Capriccio and Natalya Petrovna for the New York City Opera, 1965.
Bay first designed the sets for Broadway for the play Chalk Dust in 1936. In the field of musicals, he designed, among others, sets and lighting for Show Boat (1946), The Music Man (1957) and Finian's Rainbow (1955 [sets], 1960). He designed the original sets, lighting and costumes for Man of La Mancha in 1965 and all revivals. For dramas, for example, he designed the sets and lighting for The Little Foxes (1967), My Mother, My Father and Me (1963), Toys in the Attic (1960), and The Big Knife (1949).
He worked on the films The Exile (1947) and Up in Central Park (1948), as the production designer.
Awards and nominations
- Tony Award Best Scenic Design - Cry for Us All (nominee) (1970)
- Tony Award Best Costume Design - Man of La Mancha (nominee) (1966)
- Tony Award Best Scenic Design - Man of La Mancha (winner) (1966)
- Tony Award Best Scenic Design (Play) - Toys in the Attic (winner) (1960)
- "Howard Bay Designs at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts", NYPL, accessed January 27, 2010
- Biography filmreference.com, accessed January 27, 2010
- Biography allmovie.com, accessed January 27, 2010