Rockwell Groupâ€™s credits include set design for the upcoming Broadway productions â€œCatch Me If You Canâ€ and â€œHoudini,â€ as well as the sets for the stage productions â€œHairspray,â€ â€œLegally Blonde,â€ â€œDirty Rotten Scoundrelsâ€ and â€œThe Rocky Horror Show.â€
Beverly Hills,CA(RushPRnews)10/31/08-â€“â€“ David Rockwell will design the sets for the 81st Academy AwardsÂ® telecast, producer Laurence Mark and executive producer Bill Condon announced today. This will be Rockwellâ€™s first involvement with the OscarÂ® show, but he is no stranger to the eventâ€™s venue â€“ Rockwellâ€™s firm designed the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland CenterÂ®.
â€œDavid 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,â€ said Mark and Condon in a joint statement. â€œWeâ€™re pleased to be collaborating with someone whose talents are so diverse.â€
Rockwell Groupâ€™s credits include set design for the upcoming Broadway productions â€œCatch Me If You Canâ€ and â€œHoudini,â€ as well as the sets for the stage productions â€œHairspray,â€ â€œLegally Blonde,â€ â€œDirty Rotten Scoundrelsâ€ and â€œThe Rocky Horror Show.â€ The firm also did production design work for the 2004 film â€œTeam America: World Police.â€
Other projects designed by Rockwell Group include 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; the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, scheduled to open in 2009; plus dozens of restaurants and several hotels. The firm is also involved with the master plan of Coney Island, including Steeplechase Plaza.
Rockwell Group is the 2008 recipient of the Smithsonianâ€™s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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