Patricia Zipprodt

Designer, Performer

Female

Born: February 24, 1925
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Died: July 17, 1999
New York, New York, USA

Patricia Zipprodt, the Tony Award-winning designer who created the "look" for Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, the pointillistic characters in Sunday in the Park With George, and the seedy denizens of the original Cabaret, died July 17, 1999, in New York City. Patricia Zipprodt, the Tony Award-winning designer who created the "look" for Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, the pointillistic characters in Sunday in the Park With George, and the seedy denizens of the original Cabaret, died July 17 in New York City.

The cause was cancer, Ms. Zipprodt's sister, Constance Zonka, told The New York Times. Ms. Zipprodt was 74.

Among a clutch of Tony Award nominations, Ms. Zipprodt won three, for her designs of Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret and Sweet Charity. She also designed for ballet, opera (the Met's Tannhauser in 1977) and film ("The Graduate").

Among her theatre credits are The Washington, DC, Shakespeare Theatre's The School for Scandal, Guthrie Theatre's The Bacchae, Off Broadway's The Blacks and The Balcony, Broadway's My Fair Lady (with Richard Chamberlain), Macbeth (with Christopher Plummer and Glenda Jackson), My Favorite Year, Shogun: The Musical, Pippin, Big Deal, Chicago (1975), King of Hearts, Mack and Mabel, 1776, She Loves Me, Plaza Suite and Zorba.

Born in the Chicago area, she attended Wellesley College and earned a sociology degree, but moved to New York to study painting. There, she fell in love with the visual elements of ballet and theatre. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and apprenticed with couturier Charles James.

Ms. Zipprodt became a designer for the landmark Off-Broadway companies Circle in the Square Theatre and Phoenix Theatre in the 1950s and '60s. Her work there caught the eye of producer Harold Prince and the director choreographer Jerome Robbins. A major career in American theatre design followed: She designed Robbins' staging of Oh Dad, Poor Dad (1962) and Fiddler (1964), as well as Prince's Cabaret in 1966.

Ms. Zipprodt was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1992. She was predeceased by her husband, Col. Robert E. O'Brien. She is survived by sister Constance and six nieces and nephews.

Services are July 24 in Upperville, VA. A public memorial will be announced.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - My Fair Lady My Fair Lady
Dec. 9, 1993 - May 1, 1994
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - My Favorite Year My Favorite Year
Dec. 10, 1992 - Jan. 10, 1993
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Master Builder The Master Builder
Mar. 19, 1992 - Apr. 26, 1992
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Little Hotel on the Side A Little Hotel on the Side
Jan. 26, 1992 - Mar. 1, 1992
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Crucible The Crucible
Dec. 10, 1991 - Jan. 5, 1992
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Shogun, the Musical Shogun, the Musical
Nov. 20, 1990 - Jan. 20, 1991
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler on the Roof
Nov. 18, 1990 - Jun. 16, 1991
Costumes Based on Original Designs by
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Mar. 21, 1990 - Aug. 1, 1990
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Dangerous Games Dangerous Games
Oct. 19, 1989 - Oct. 21, 1989
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Jerome Robbins' Broadway Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Feb. 26, 1989 - Sep. 1, 1990
Costume Design ("Fiddler on the Roof")
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Macbeth Macbeth
Apr. 21, 1988 - Jun. 26, 1988
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Into the Woods Into the Woods
Nov. 5, 1987 - Sep. 3, 1989
Costumes based on original concepts by
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Cabaret Cabaret
Oct. 22, 1987 - Jun. 4, 1988
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Sweet Charity Sweet Charity
Apr. 27, 1986 - Mar. 15, 1987
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Big Deal Big Deal
Apr. 10, 1986 - Jun. 8, 1986
Costume Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Accidental Death of an Anarchist Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Nov. 15, 1984 - Dec. 1, 1984
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Sunday in the Park with George Sunday in the Park with George
May 2, 1984 - Oct. 13, 1985
Costume Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie
Dec. 1, 1983 - Feb. 19, 1984
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Brighton Beach Memoirs Brighton Beach Memoirs
Mar. 27, 1983 - May 11, 1986
Costume Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Whodunnit Whodunnit
Dec. 30, 1982 - May 15, 1983
Costume Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland
Dec. 23, 1982 - Jan. 9, 1983
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Kingdoms Kingdoms
Dec. 13, 1981 - Dec. 27, 1981
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler on the Roof
Jul. 9, 1981 - Aug. 23, 1981
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 35th Annual Tony Awards - 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards - 1981
Jun. 7, 1981 - Jun. 7, 1981
Participating Artist Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Fools Fools
Apr. 6, 1981 - May 9, 1981
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Charlotte Charlotte
Feb. 27, 1980 - Mar. 1, 1980
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - King of Hearts King of Hearts
Oct. 22, 1978 - Dec. 3, 1978
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Stages Stages
Mar. 19, 1978 - Mar. 19, 1978
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler on the Roof
Dec. 28, 1976 - May 21, 1977
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Poor Murderer Poor Murderer
Oct. 20, 1976 - Jan. 2, 1977
Costume Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Chicago Chicago
Jun. 3, 1975 - Aug. 27, 1977
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - All God's Chillun Got Wings All God's Chillun Got Wings
Mar. 20, 1975 - May 4, 1975
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Mack & Mabel Mack & Mabel
Oct. 6, 1974 - Nov. 30, 1974
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Pippin Pippin
Oct. 23, 1972 - Jun. 12, 1977
Costume Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Scratch Scratch
May 6, 1971 - May 8, 1971
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Georgy Georgy
Feb. 26, 1970 - Feb. 28, 1970
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - 1776 1776
Mar. 16, 1969 - Feb. 13, 1972
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The National Theater of the Deaf The National Theater of the Deaf
Feb. 24, 1969 - Mar. 8, 1969
Costume Design
(Original)
 
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    Costume Design
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(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Zorba Zorba
Nov. 16, 1968 - Aug. 9, 1969
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Plaza Suite Plaza Suite
Feb. 14, 1968 - Oct. 3, 1970
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Little Foxes The Little Foxes
Oct. 26, 1967 - Jan. 20, 1968
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Cabaret Cabaret
Nov. 20, 1966 - Sep. 6, 1969
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Pousse-Café Pousse-Café
Mar. 18, 1966 - Mar. 26, 1966
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Anya Anya
Nov. 29, 1965 - Dec. 11, 1965
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler on the Roof
Sep. 22, 1964 - Jul. 2, 1972
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad
Aug. 27, 1963 - Oct. 5, 1963
Costume Designer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - She Loves Me She Loves Me
Apr. 23, 1963 - Jan. 11, 1964
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Step on a Crack Step on a Crack
Oct. 17, 1962 - Oct. 17, 1962
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Sunday in New York Sunday in New York
Nov. 29, 1961 - May 12, 1962
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Garden of Sweets The Garden of Sweets
Oct. 31, 1961 - Oct. 31, 1961
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Period of Adjustment Period of Adjustment
Nov. 10, 1960 - Mar. 4, 1961
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Gang's All Here The Gang's All Here
Oct. 1, 1959 - Jan. 23, 1960
Costume Design
(Original)
 
The Night Circus
Dec. 2, 1958 - Dec. 6, 1958
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Back to Methuselah Back to Methuselah
Mar. 26, 1958 - Apr. 19, 1958
Costume Design
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The Rope Dancers The Rope Dancers
Nov. 20, 1957 - May 3, 1958
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Miss Lonelyhearts Miss Lonelyhearts
Oct. 3, 1957 - Oct. 12, 1957
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Visit to a Small Planet A Visit to a Small Planet
Feb. 7, 1957 - Jan. 11, 1958
Costume Supervisor
(Original)
 
The Potting Shed
Jan. 29, 1957 - Jun. 1, 1957
Costume Design
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Happy Hunting Happy Hunting
Dec. 6, 1956 - Nov. 30, 1957
Assistant to Irene Sharaff
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - One Night Stand One Night Stand
Did not open - Oct. 25, 1980
Costume Design
(Original)
 
 

Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1994 Outstanding Costume Design My Fair Lady Nominee
1991 Outstanding Costume Design Shogun, the Musical Winner
1984 Outstanding Costume Design Sunday in the Park with George Nominee
1983 Outstanding Costume Design Alice in Wonderland Nominee
1981 Outstanding Costume Design Fools Nominee
1979 Outstanding Costume Design King of Hearts Winner
1973 Outstanding Costume Design Pippin Winner
1969 Outstanding Costume Design Zorba Winner
1969 Outstanding Costume Design 1776 Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1991 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Shogun, the Musical Nominee
1986 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Sweet Charity Winner
1984 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Sunday in the Park with George Nominee
1983 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Alice in Wonderland Nominee
1976 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Chicago Nominee
1975 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Mack & Mabel Nominee
1973 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Pippin Nominee
1969 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Zorba Nominee
1967 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Cabaret Winner
1965 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Fiddler on the Roof Winner
 
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