Robert Randolph

Designer

Also known as: Bob Randolph

Male

Born: November 30, 1925
Centerville, Iowa

Died: March 2, 2003
Palm Springs, California

Robert Randolph, a Broadway lighting and scenic designer nominated for multiple Tony Awards over the years, died of heart failure March 2, 2003, at his Palm Springs home, according to The New York Times.

Mr. Randolph was 76 and earned scenic design Tony nominations in five seasons, representing seven shows (he was nommed in 1966 for three musicals — Anya, Skyscraper and Sweet Charity). One of Mr. Randolph's most memorable sets was the beehive of primary-colored platforms — essentially a simple scaffold-like unit — on which kids in 1960's Bye Bye Birdie sang "The Telephone Hour." He was Tony nommed for his scenic work on the Gower Champion-directed show.

In addition to designing the original sets and lights for 1966's Sweet Charity, he repeated his work for the 1986 revival, directed again by Bob Fosse.

He was also a scenic and lighting designer for Tony Awards presentations over the years.

Among his scenic design credits on Broadway are Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982), Little Johnny Jones (1982), Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination for sets, 1976), The Norman Conquests (sets and lights, 1975), We Interrupt This Program... (1975), Gypsy starring Angela Lansbury (sets and lights, 1974), Words & Music (1974), Good Evening (1973), 70, Girls, 70 (sets and lights, 1971), Ari (1971), Applause (Tony nomination, 1970), Golden Rainbow (sets and lights, 1968), How to Be a Jewish Mother (1967), Henry Sweet Henry (sets and lights, 1967), Sherry! (sets and lights, 1967), Walking Happy (sets and lights, 1966), "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman" (sets and lights, 1966), Funny Girl (sets and lights, 1964), Foxy (sets and lights, 1964), Little Me (sets and lights, 1962), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (sets and lights, 1961), Tenderloin (assistant to designer Cecil Beaton, 1960) and (his first Broadway credit) The Saint of Bleecker Street (1954).

Robert Stephen Randolph was born in Centerville, IA, and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the State University of Iowa, where he also taught.

He is survived by companion Charles Guthrie and a niece, Susan Luke, of Urbandale, IA, the Times reported.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Sweet Charity Sweet Charity
Apr. 27, 1986 - Mar. 15, 1987
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 37th Annual Tony Awards - 1983 The 37th Annual Tony Awards - 1983
Jun. 5, 1983 - Jun. 5, 1983
Scenery
(Original)
 
Parade of Stars Playing the Palace
May 2, 1983 - May 2, 1983
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Jul. 8, 1982 - Jul. 11, 1982
Scenic Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The 36th Annual Tony Awards - 1982 The 36th Annual Tony Awards - 1982
Jun. 6, 1982 - Jun. 6, 1982
Scenery
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Little Johnny Jones Little Johnny Jones
Mar. 21, 1982 - Mar. 21, 1982
Scenic Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The 35th Annual Tony Awards - 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards - 1981
Jun. 7, 1981 - Jun. 7, 1981
Scenery
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 34th Annual Tony Awards - 1980 The 34th Annual Tony Awards - 1980
Jun. 8, 1980 - Jun. 8, 1980
Scenic Designer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Porgy and Bess Porgy and Bess
Sep. 25, 1976 - Jan. 9, 1977
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 30th Annual Tony Awards - 1976 The 30th Annual Tony Awards - 1976
Apr. 18, 1976 - Apr. 18, 1976
Set Design
(Original)
Who's Who
The Norman Conquests
Dec. 7, 1975 - Jun. 19, 1976
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
    Scenic Design
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    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
    Scenic Design
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    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 29th Annual Tony Awards - 1975 The 29th Annual Tony Awards - 1975
Apr. 20, 1975 - Apr. 20, 1975
Scenic Designer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - We Interrupt This Program... We Interrupt This Program...
Apr. 1, 1975 - Apr. 5, 1975
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Gypsy Gypsy
Sep. 23, 1974 - Jan. 4, 1975
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 28th Annual Tony Awards - 1974 The 28th Annual Tony Awards - 1974
Apr. 21, 1974 - Apr. 21, 1974
Scenic Designer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Words & Music Words & Music
Apr. 16, 1974 - Aug. 3, 1974
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Good Evening Good Evening
Nov. 14, 1973 - Nov. 30, 1974
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - No Hard Feelings No Hard Feelings
Apr. 8, 1973 - Apr. 8, 1973
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 27th Annual Tony Awards - 1973 The 27th Annual Tony Awards - 1973
Mar. 25, 1973 - Mar. 25, 1973
Designer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 26th Annual Tony Awards - 1972 The 26th Annual Tony Awards - 1972
Apr. 23, 1972 - Apr. 23, 1972
Designer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - 70, Girls, 70 70, Girls, 70
Apr. 15, 1971 - May 15, 1971
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 25th Annual Tony Awards - 1971 The 25th Annual Tony Awards - 1971
Mar. 28, 1971 - Mar. 28, 1971
Designer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Ari Ari
Jan. 15, 1971 - Jan. 30, 1971
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Applause Applause
Mar. 30, 1970 - Jul. 27, 1972
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Angela Angela
Oct. 30, 1969 - Nov. 1, 1969
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Teaspoon Every Four Hours A Teaspoon Every Four Hours
Jun. 14, 1969 - Jun. 14, 1969
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 23rd Annual Tony Awards - 1969 The 23rd Annual Tony Awards - 1969
Apr. 20, 1969 - Apr. 20, 1969
Designer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 22nd Annual Tony Awards - 1968 The 22nd Annual Tony Awards - 1968
Apr. 21, 1968 - Apr. 21, 1968
Designer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Golden Rainbow Golden Rainbow
Feb. 4, 1968 - Jan. 11, 1969
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - How to Be a Jewish Mother How to Be a Jewish Mother
Dec. 28, 1967 - Jan. 13, 1968
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Henry, Sweet Henry Henry, Sweet Henry
Oct. 23, 1967 - Dec. 31, 1967
Lighting Design
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    Scenic Design
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Playbill Cover - Sherry! Sherry!
Mar. 28, 1967 - May 27, 1967
Scenic Design
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    Lighting Design
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Playbill Cover - Walking Happy Walking Happy
Nov. 26, 1966 - Apr. 22, 1967
Scenic Design
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    Lighting Design
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Playbill Cover - "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman"
Mar. 29, 1966 - Jul. 16, 1966
Lighting Design
(Original)
Who's Who
    Scenic Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Sweet Charity Sweet Charity
Jan. 29, 1966 - Jul. 15, 1967
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Anya Anya
Nov. 29, 1965 - Dec. 11, 1965
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Skyscraper Skyscraper
Nov. 13, 1965 - Jun. 11, 1966
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Xmas in Las Vegas Xmas in Las Vegas
Nov. 4, 1965 - Nov. 6, 1965
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Minor Miracle Minor Miracle
Oct. 7, 1965 - Oct. 9, 1965
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Something More! Something More!
Nov. 10, 1964 - Nov. 21, 1964
Scenic Design
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    Lighting Design
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Playbill Cover - Funny Girl Funny Girl
Mar. 26, 1964 - Jul. 1, 1967
Scenic Design
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    Lighting Design
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Playbill Cover - Any Wednesday Any Wednesday
Feb. 18, 1964 - Jun. 26, 1966
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Foxy
Feb. 16, 1964 - Apr. 18, 1964
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
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Playbill Cover - Sophie Sophie
Apr. 15, 1963 - Apr. 20, 1963
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Little Me Little Me
Nov. 17, 1962 - Jun. 29, 1963
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Calculated Risk Calculated Risk
Oct. 31, 1962 - May 11, 1963
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Bravo Giovanni Bravo Giovanni
May 19, 1962 - Sep. 15, 1962
Lighting Design
(Original)
 
    Scenic Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Oct. 14, 1961 - Mar. 6, 1965
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Lighting Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Tenderloin Tenderloin
Oct. 17, 1960 - Apr. 23, 1961
Assistant to Mr. Beaton [Scenery]
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Bye Bye Birdie Bye Bye Birdie
Apr. 14, 1960 - Oct. 7, 1961
Scenic Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Heartbreak House Heartbreak House
Oct. 18, 1959 - Jan. 23, 1960
Assistant to Ben Edwards
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Ziegfeld Follies of 1957 Ziegfeld Follies of 1957
Mar. 1, 1957 - Jun. 15, 1957
Assistant to Mr. Du Bois (scenery)
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Hole in the Head A Hole in the Head
Feb. 28, 1957 - Jul. 13, 1957
Assistant Scenic Design
(Original)
 
The Desperate Hours
Feb. 10, 1955 - Aug. 13, 1955
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Saint of Bleecker Street The Saint of Bleecker Street
Dec. 27, 1954 - Apr. 2, 1955
Costume Design
(Original)
 
    Scenic Design
(Original)
 
 

Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1977 Outstanding Set Design Porgy and Bess Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1977 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Porgy and Bess Nominee
1970 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Applause Nominee
1968 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Golden Rainbow Nominee
1966 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Sweet Charity Nominee
1966 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Anya Nominee
1966 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Skyscraper Nominee
1961 Scenic Design of a Musical Bye Bye Birdie Nominee
 
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