Robin Wagner, Set Designer Who Won Three Tony Awards, Dies at 89

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2023-05-30 23:30:14  • 7 mins

He created sets for more than 50 of Broadways most celebrated productions, including Hair, A Chorus Line, On the Twentieth Century and The Producers.

Robin Wagner, the inventive Tony Award-winning set designer of more than 50 Broadway shows, including the 1978 musical On the Twentieth Century, in which a locomotive appeared to be racing toward the audience with the actress Imogene Coca strapped to the front of it, died on Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89.

His daughter Christie Wagner Lee, confirmed the death but said she did not yet know the specific cause. She did not say in what borough he lived.

Mr. Wagner designed sets on Broadway, Off Broadway and for regional theater, for operas and ballets, and, in 1975, for the Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas. His stage for those concerts was shaped like a six-pointed lotus flower that was raked upward to the back in a delicate curve.

On Broadway, his work included the sets for the transcendent 1968 rock musical Hair (in The New York Times, Clive Barnes described a beautiful junk-art setting) as well as The Great White Hope, Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, Jellys Last Jam, Dreamgirls and Tony Kushners Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika.

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