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November 8, 2010
From Yuba City to Washington Heights

By Jim Carnes
jcarnes@sacbee.com

Anna Louizos, who designed the Tony Award-nominated set for the Broadway musical "In the Heights," which is playing through Sunday at the Community Center Theater, is a graduate of Yuba City High School. Her biographical entry in the show's program omits that fact, but classmates remember her well. The bio entry does mention that Louizos, now 52, attended Mills College (for two years) before transferring to New York University, where she earned a master's degree in scenic design.

Louizos, whose mother lives in Paradise, runs her own Manhattan design firm, Anna Louizos Designs and has created the sets for such other Broadway productions as "Avenue Q," "Curtains" and "Irvin Berlin's White Christmas." She also was nominated for a 2007 Tony for her set design for "High Fidelity," which lasted only two months on Broadway. A review of the show in the New York Times said, "The most compelling movement onstage is achieved by Anna Louizos's set."

Call The Bee's Jim Carnes, (916) 321-1130.

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