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William Ivey Long Joins Creative Team for THE BELLE OF AMHERST


Get The Belle of Amherst Tickets

Don Gregory, the original and current producer of THE BELLE OF AMHERST, is proud to announce that six time Tony Award® winner William Ivey Long (The ProducersHairsprayBullets Over Broadway, Cinderella) has joined the creative team to design the signature period costumes for the new production of William Luce’s acclaimed one-woman play of the private yet prolific poet Emily Dickinson starring Golden Globe Award® nominee Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck,” Side Effects).

Ivey Long joins the previously announced creative team featuring Antje Ellermann (scenic design), David Weiner (lighting design), and Daniel Kluger (sound design).

THE BELLE OF AMHERST is directed by Steve Cosson (The Civilians, MrBurns, a Post-Electric Play).

Beginning Tuesday, October 7th, THE BELLE OF AMHERST will play a limited engagement at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street). The production officially opens on Sunday, October 19th. Tickets are now on sale through Telecharge at or by calling 212-239-6200.

In THE BELLE OF AMHERST, Emily Dickinson welcomes audiences into her lifelong Amherst homestead in mid-19th century Massachusetts. While Dickinson found solace in solitude through much of her life, acclaimed playwright William Luce weaves her poems, diaries, and letters into a one-woman portrait of one of America’s greatest and most prolific poets, mixing Dickinson’s encounters with close friends and family with the poet’s own, often amusing observations. “Full of passion and poetry and heart” (New York Daily News), THE BELLE OF AMHERST illuminates a brilliant wordsmith through the words she left behind.

Playing schedule and ticket prices:

Tickets are $79, with premium seating available for $99, and are available at or by calling 212-239-6200.

THE BELLE OF AMHERST will play Tuesdays at 7PM; Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8PM; Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM; and Sundays at 3PM.

There will be no matinee on Wednesday, October 8.

There will be no evening performances on Wednesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 31.

The show will be dark on Thursday, November 27Thursday, December 25; and Thursday, January 1.

Added performances are scheduled for Monday, November 24 at 7PM; Sunday, December 28 at 7PM and Sunday, January 4 at 7PM.


WILLIAM IVEY LONG recently was nominated for his 14th Tony Award® and won the 2014 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his designs for Bullets Over Broadway, which is running on Broadway alongside CabaretRodgers and Hammerstein’sCinderella (Tony Award®) and Chicago, now in its 18th  year!  He also currently serves as Chairman of the Board for The American Theatre Wing.

Other Broadway Credits include: Big FishThe Mystery of Edwin DroodDon’t Dress for DinnerHugh Jackman: Back on BroadwayCatch Me If You CanPal Joey9 to 5Young FrankensteinCurtainsGrey Gardens (Tony Award®); The Producers (Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); A Streetcar Named DesireLa Cage Aux FollesThe Boy from OzHairspray(Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); CabaretContact (Hewes Award); The Music ManAnnie Get Your GunSwingSmokey Joe’s CaféCrazy for You (Tony®, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Guys and Dolls (Drama Desk Award); A Christmas CarolSix Degrees of SeparationLend Me a Tenor (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Nine (Tony®, Drama Desk, Maharam Awards).  Recent Off-Broadway productions include Bunty Berman PresentsLucky Guy and The School for Lies.  

He has also designed for such artists as Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, the Pointer Sisters, Joan Rivers, and for choreographers Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Peter Martins, David Parsons and Susan Stroman. He serves as Production Designer for North Carolina’s oldest running seasonal outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, which was the 2013 recipient of the Tony® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre.  He returns in 2014 for his 44th season with the production.

Mr. Long holds honorary degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, and The College of William and Mary. He was the recipient of the Morrison Award (1992), the UNC Chapel Hill Playmakers Award (1994), the National Theatre Conference “Person of the Year” award (2000), the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2001), the Distinguished Career Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference (2002), the Raleigh Medal of Arts (2010), and the 2004 North Carolina Award presented by Governor Easley.

Mr. Long earned an undergraduate degree in history from The College of William and Mary, was a Kress Fellow at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage design from Yale University School of Drama.

Upcoming projects include On the Twentieth CenturyThe Merry Widow for The Metropolitan Opera and Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center.   Mr. Long has won 6 Tony Awards®. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005, and was elected Chairman of The American Theatre Wing in June, 2012.