October 24, 2012 11:11am PT by Gregg Kilday
Derek McLane to Design Oscar Set
Derek McLane, a Broadway production designer who won a Tony Award in 2009 for his scenic design for the play 33 Variations, has been selected by producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to design the set for the 85th Academy Awards.This will be his first time designing an Oscar set.
McLane previously worked with Zadan and Meron on the 2011 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe. In addition to his Tony win for 33 Variations, he was nominated for his designs on The Pajama Game (2006), Ragtime (2010) and Anything Goes (2011). His other recent Broadway credits include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; Follies; and Gore Vidal's The Best Man.
He is currently represented on Broadway by his sets for the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara; and the play revival The Heiress, which is in previews for a Nov. 1 opening, with Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn and Dan Stevens.
"Derek is one of our most talented set designers, and we had a very successful collaboration with him on our recent Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," Zadan and Meron said. "We were very eager to reunite with him, and we believe he'll bring a fresh perspetive to the Oscar telecast."
The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood by ABC on Feb. 24.