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'Kinky Boots' lighting designer Ken Posner talks Tony nominations

Ken Posner on his multiple Tony Award nominations

Ken Posner on his multiple Tony Award nominations for lighting design: "Being nominated in the same category three times is such an amazing thing. My cup runneth over." Photo Credit: Rory Glaeseman

Ken Posner, originally of Eastchester, has been nominated for multiple Tony Awards for lighting design, including his work with "Kinky Boots" at the Hirschfeld Theatre in Manhattan.

Ken Posner on his multiple Tony Award nominations
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Ken Posner on his multiple Tony Award nominations for lighting design: "Being nominated in the same category three times is such an amazing thing. My cup runneth over."

On
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On "Kinky Boots" adaptation from screen to stage: “It’s a very [cinematographic] production based on a film, so there are many, many scenes. In the theater, the job of the lighting designer is similar to, in film, the director of photography. So it’s really about ... telling the story, emphasizing the score, [and] adding excitement and energy." ("Boots" star and Tony nominee Stark Sands is pictured.)

On his favorite
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On his favorite "Kinky Boots" moment, which features Billy Porter, a Tony Awards nominee for lead actor in a musical (pictured): “I think that my favorite lighting look in the show is Billy Porter’s [showstopping] 11 o’clock number, where he’s really portraying his Tina Turner character. Gregg Barnes, [who’s] the costume designer, [director-choreographer] Jerry Mitchell and I just decided that we were just going to explode into that world for this moment. And I think that’s my favorite moment in the show.”

On working on the Broadway musicals
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On working on the Broadway musicals "Pippin," "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" and "Kinky Boots" (pictured): "I feel very lucky, because they couldn't be more different or diverse projects. It was really an amazing opportunity to just travel to these three worlds."

On the role of a lighting designer: “We’re
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On the role of a lighting designer: “We’re primary a storyteller, and we respond to the author’s text, or a composer’s score, and we’re inspired by a director’s vision. It’s very much an artistic job. My colleagues and I, we paint pictures with light.”

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