Running the risk of becoming a very sad blog today with more sad news to share.
Frank Portanova, director at Archbishop Stepinac High School — where Joe’s design for “The Drowsy Chaperone” earned him a Metropolitan Award nomination last week — offered the following comment: “Joe was a consummate professional who was a stickler for detail on the stage. From buttons to bows, from head to toe, Joe made sure each costume helped create a character memorable to the audience.
“Beyond that, he was always so gentle and compassionate with all the kids he served. His sensitivity and professionalism towards them during the costuming process made each student feel like they were being dressed for the Great White Way. Joe splashed a lot of color onto the stages he worked on. But more importantly, he brought such color to our lives. He was a true original and he will be missed.”
Manzo’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 26, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Ballard-Durand Funeral Home, 2 Maple Ave., in White Plains.
If you’d like to leave a comment about working with Joe, or about having him costume you, please feel free.