Wayne State University Alumnus Martin Pakledinaz nominated for his eighth Tony Award!

Tony Award winner and Wayne State University Department of Theatre Alumnus  Martin Pakledinaz received his eighth Tony Award Nomination on May 3, 2011.  Pakledinaz has received Costume Design Tony nominations for productions of The Life in 1997, Golden Child in 1998, Kiss Me Kate in 2000, Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002, The Pajama Game in 2006, Gypsy in 2008, and Blithe Spirit in 2009.  He won the Tony for Best Costume Design for Kiss Me Kate (2000) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002).    Pakledinaz has more than 30 Broadway credits to his name during a career that has spanned 30 years.

Martin Pakledinaz attended Wayne State University in Detroit from 1971 to 1975, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design/Technical Theatre.  Following his undergraduate studies Pakledinaz attended The University of Michigan, where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Costume Design.  Wayne State University Professor Emeritus Russell Smith worked closely with Pakledinaz as an undergraduate in the historic Bonstelle Theatre.  “Marty was one of our very best design students, a natural artist with an enviable color sense.  He recently told me however, that during his BFA at Wayne, I drove him from scenery into costuming because set design was much too hard with all of those ground plans and working drawings that have to be drafted!” said Smith. 

In 1980 Pakledinaz quickly found work in New York City, serving as Assistant Costume Designer for his first Broadway production,  a musical titled Onward Victoria  starring Jill Eikenberry.  Pakledinaz also is credited as the Associate Costume Designer for the original production of La Cage Aux Folles in 1983, which is currently being revived on Broadway.  He has designed costumes for Brian Stokes Mitchell in Kiss Me Kate, Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Harry Connick, Jr. in The Pajama Game, Patti LuPone in Gypsy and Christine Ebersole, Angela Lansbury and Rupert Everett in Blithe Spirit. 

Pakledinaz’s most recent Tony nomination comes for his designs for Lend Me a Tenor, written by Ken Ludwig.  Lend Me a Tenor opened in previews on March 12, 2010 and stars Anthony LaPaglia, best known for his role as FBI Agent Jack Malone on TV’s Without a Trace and Tony Shalhoub the star of TV’s Monk. 

The current nomination comes for Anything Goes, which received a total of nine nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney.

The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American theatre and are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City.  The Annual Tony Awards ceremony will air live on CBS on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 8 p.m.

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