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Howell Binkley (1956–2020), Tony-winning lighting designer for “Hamilton”

by Linnea Crowther

Howell Binkley was a lighting designer who won Tony Awards for his work on “Jersey Boys” and “Hamilton.”

Broadway success

Binkley’s Broadway debut as a lighting designer came in 1993 with “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” and he won an Olivier Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for his work. It was the first of nine Tony nominations he’d receive, including for “In the Heights” (2008), “West Side Story” (2009), and “Come From Away” (2017). Binkley won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical in 2005 for “Jersey Boys” and again in 2016 for “Hamilton.” In addition to his Broadway work, Binkley worked on touring productions and in theaters nationwide including the La Jolla Playhouse and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

Notable quote

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be in the room where it happened.” —from Binkley’s 2016 speech accepting his Tony Award for “Hamilton”

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Tributes to Howell Binkley

Full obituary: Variety

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