David Rockwell to design Academy Awards set
Rockwell Group credits include 'Hairspray,' 'Houdini'With the annual Oscar show undergoing something of a make-over, David Rockwell has been chosen to design the sets for the 81st Academy Awards.
Rockwell has never designed an Oscarcast but is well versed in the Academy's venue, since his design firm, the Rockwell Group, designed the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center where the awards will be broadcast by ABC on Feb. 22.
"David is an innovator who possesses the outstanding combination of truly firsthand knowledge of the Kodak Theatre and superb design work in a variety of realms, including film and theatre," the show's producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon said.
Rockwell Group's credits include set design for the upcoming Broadway productions "Catch Me If You Can" and "Houdini," as well as the sets for the stage productions of "Hairspray," "Legally Blonde," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "The Rocky Horror Show." The firm also did production design work for the 2004 film "Team America: World Police."
The 2008 recipient of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design, Rockwell Group's other projects have included a freestanding building for Cirque du Soleil at Walt Disney World in Florida; the Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center in New York, and the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, scheduled to open in 2009.