The Playgoer: Tharon Musser

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tharon Musser

One of the pioneers in modern stage lighting design has died. Tharon Musser was a familiar name to Broadway Playbill readers for decades. But perhaps her greatest legacy will be her part in creating the look of the Michael Bennett musicals of the 70s & 80s like "Follies," "Chorus Line," and "Dreamgirls." The rapidly flashing precision-cues of these shows owed much, as her obit notes, to her introduction to Broadway of the computerized lighhting board for "Chorus Line" in 1975.

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