Country Accoutrements: Big River

Costume designer David R. Zyla was put to the test when asked to design for the Broadway revival of Big River. This revival, vastly different than the original production, features deaf, heard-of-hearing, and hearing actors — a challenge, as one can imagine, for Zyla to costume.

The inspiration for the costumes came mainly from the set design, which Zyla says, “dictated the idea of the autumnal palette that I did.” Based on the illustrations in the book, the set relies on sepia

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