Tharon Musser, 84, a Tony-winning lighting designer of more than 100 Broadway shows, including such legendary musicals as

A Chorus Line





, and

42nd Street

, has died.

Lighting designer Ken Billington, who was once her apprentice, said Ms. Musser died Sunday at her home in Newtown, Conn., after a long illness.

Ms. Musser's Broadway career began in 1956 with the original production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night.

She was nominated for 10 Tonys for lighting design, winning three - for Follies, A Chorus Line, and Dreamgirls.

During her career, Ms. Musser worked with a who's who of Broadway theater: directors George Abbott, Harold Prince, and Michael Bennett; playwrights Neil Simon, Edward Albee, and Tom Stoppard; and songwriters Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, and John Kander and Fred Ebb.

- AP