Podcast Episode #47: Tony Award-winning Costume Designer, Gregg Barnes!

I’ve worn a lot of hats since I started working in the theater.  And I’ve loved just about every job I’ve ever had, because it was in the theater.

Except one . . . when I worked in a costume shop.

Yep, I wasn’t so fond of that.  And why?  Because I sucked at it.

Not only could I not thread a needle, I couldn’t understand which color went with which, and what the heck is a spat for anyway?

Ugh.  Just thinking about costumes and design makes my head hurt.  Which is why I have so much respect for those that do it . . . and do it better than anyone else.

One of those someones is none other than today’s podcast guest, the Tony Award-winning Costume Designer, Gregg Barnes.  Kinky Boots, Something Rotten!, Aladdin, and The Drowsy Chaperone are just a few of the shows that feature Barnes originals.  And a little known secret – I first met Gregg when he taught a costume class at NYU.  (I’m sure I sucked at it then too.  Sorry, Gregg.)

I had so much to learn from Gregg, and thankfully he schooled me up on everything wardrobe related and more, like:

  • What social media site is his new favorite design tool.
  • Why Broadway costumes are so darn expensive.
  • How to calculate the right costume budget.
  • His first step when designing any new show.
  • When he likes to be hired on a show, and who MUST be hired before him.

Just having this frank fashion convo with Gregg made me finally feel like I don’t suck as much anymore.

But I still can’t thread a #@$%ing needle.

Enjoy Gregg!

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  • Ken Wydro says:

    Except for HAMILTON, there haven’t been any must-see new productions. Even the shows with strong reviews have been so-so box office. Like Gin Game, Allegiance, Spring Awakening KIng Charles, View From The Bridge Fool For loLove, OLd Times , Sylvia and the like ON YOUR FEET looks like it has some legs Plus some old productions will be closing down like Gentleman’s Guide. Finding Neverland and Something Rotten are doing about the same weekly gross, so there is not likely a big, sustained pop-up there. With So may show closing in January, there will likely be dark weeks and a downturn in numbers and sales. Thus will turn out to be a relatively weak season, although COLOR PURPlE – really terrific, – and School Of Rock have a good chance at making money and return a big chunk back to investors. Cynthia Erivo of Color Purple, is early favorite for Best Actress in a Musical. An extraordinary performance worth the price of a ticket alone

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