Hamilton lighting designer Howell Binkley has died
The designer was responsible for some of the most successful shows of the last 30 years
Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley has died, it has been confirmed, after a battle with cancer.
Binkley won a Tony Award, a WhatsOnStage Award and an Olivier Award for his lighting design on the powerhouse musical Hamilton, with his work recently being put in front of millions when the show was released on Disney Plus last month.
Hamilton wasn't Binkley's first stage musical with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the pair previously collaborated on In the Heights, while the lighting designer has other credits including Kiss of The Spider Woman, Parade, The Full Monty, and Jersey Boys (Binkley won a further Tony Award for the last of these).
The creative was also responsible for the lighting design for Come From Away, which recently won the Best New Musical award at the 20th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards.
Tributes to Binkley have been submitted online:
RIP to the great lighting designer Howell Binkley. He illuminated so many theatrical worlds. A genius and a gentleman. #HowellBinkley— Joe DiPietro (@joedipietronyc) August 14, 2020
Howell Binkley was a genius and a kind man.— Iain Armitage (@IainLoveTheatre) August 14, 2020
I'm incredibly sad to learn that my friend and iconic lighting designer #HowellBinkley has passed away. His talent was a gift to our community. My constant cheerleader during @DonnaSummerBway despite being in a raging battle w/ lung cancer.— Ariana DeBose (@ArianaDeBose) August 14, 2020
Howell Binkley. pic.twitter.com/r59dhNhbfH— Jason Robert Brown (@MrJasonRBrown) August 14, 2020