Welcome to the second half of our interview with lighting designer Kevin Adams! In this part, Kevin talks about how light bulbs and electric objects found their way into so many of his designs, the kinds of discussions he has with directors both in the rehearsal room and in the theatre, why he likes a quiet tech table, and how working with Vegas based programmer Benny Kirkham has finally allowed him to “give up the headset.” He shares stories from ‘Next to Normal’ and ‘The 39 Steps’, tells us about sharing his life with acclaimed Scenic Designer James Noone, and finally gets around to answering those pesky 10 questions..which includes a fashion detour about Cory and Kevin’s shared loved of Chuck Taylors and Kevin’s excitement about his upcoming pairing of Star Wars T-shirts and Japanese overalls!
Kevin Adams Broadway design credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award), American Idiot (Tony Award, Henry Hewes Award), Spring Awakening (Tony Award), Next To Normal (Tony nomination), Hands on a Hardbody, the revival of Hair (Tony nomination), Everyday Rapture, Man and Boy, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Passing Strange, Take Me Out, the American production of The 39 Steps (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Latinologues, The Good Body, Sexaholoic, A Almost Holy Picture, Hedda Gabler, A Class Act, and Getting and Spending.
Off-Broadway credits include the revivals of Rent and Carrie, Brooklynite, The Scottsboro Boys, While I Yet Live, Satchmo at the Waldorf, The Illusion, Boy’s Life, Peter and Jerry, Some Men, The Donkey Show, and Betty’s Summer Vacation. He’s designed solo shows for Eric Bogosian, Eve Ensler, John Leguizamo, and Anna Deveare Smith. Other credits inlcude Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera, Candide (Lincoln Center), Donmar Warehouse, Steppenwolf Theatre, Yale Rep, NY City Opera, Blue Man Group (Las Vegas, Hollywood Bowl, North American tour, Berlin), Audra McDonald at Joe’s Pub, Town Hall and Lincoln Center, Sandra Bernhard’s 1990 film Without You I’m Nothing.
He has designed new work by Tony Kushner, Neil Simon, Terrance McNally, Edward Albee, and Christopher Durang and received an Obie and two Lortel awards for his work Off-Broadway.