* Finally, after eight nominations, Pat Zipprodt has gotten a Tony award for her costumes for "Sweet Charity." "I figured that if I didn't win I'd be eligible for the Guinness Book of Records," laughed Zipprodt, who told Bob Fosse, with whom she has worked on four shows, "This time I finally got it right."
*Zipprodt, whose Broadway costume credits include "Fiddler on the Roof," "Cabaret" and "Zorba," also designs for films ("The Graduate" and "1776"), the Metropolitan Opera ("Tannha user") and the Boston Opera. Designs vary dramatically for each art form. "For film you are working for close-ups framing the costume . . . In opera you work in broad strokes, making mass count, moving color schemes around. It is not like a painting where colors stay put. In opera, red gets up and moves right -- colors have a life of their own. Maybe that's why I envy painters."
Theater is someplace in the middle. "You get nothing but full-length shots, but also a close-up quality."
Currently Zipprodt's working on a workshop production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods," which brings together and tangles up favorite fairy tale characters. And last week she showed Joel Grey the costume she's created for his George M. Cohan role on Liberty Island during the Fourth of July celebrations. No bold stripes of red, white and blue. Grey's costume will be an updated version based on the Cohan statue in Duffy Square in New York.
It has occurred to her to design for Seventh Avenue. "I would have to submerge myself in modern thinking," she says. "I'm part of a storytelling scheme designing for the theater. But for civilian clothing, you have to imagine a general plot, say, 10,000 women going to jobs in offices." That deserves another kind of award.