By  on May 16, 2008

He was larger than life, literally and figuratively. At 6 foot 7 inches, prolific designer Alvin Colt, who died May 4 at 91, and who created costumes for 50 Broadway productions during a career that spanned seven decades, towered over his peers. He did the costumes for the original productions of "On the Town," which opened in 1944, "Guys and Dolls," which bowed in 1950, and "Li'l Abner," which made its debut in 1956, along with "Jerome Robbins' Broadway," which opened in 1989. But his achievements hardly ended with his impressive Broadway credits.

Colt also created costumes for ballets and miniseries, among them "The Adams Chronicles" (1976) and numerous television specials. He worked all of his life, most recently for "Forbidden Broadway," with which he had been involved for 15 years. He received a Tony Award for costume design for "Pipe Dream" in 1956 and the TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

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