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The thing that came out of it for me in terms of costume is that they were much more colorful. See Photos. He also offered a guided tour through some of the costumes from the Tony-nominated musical. Works at Kinky Boots on Broadway. People named Gregg Barnes. And a little known secret – I first met Gregg … The musical celebrates its anniversary January 10. And then we have 11 minutes to get him into full Whitney drag, and then it’s the Las Vegas finale. Kinky Boots Costume Sketches by Gregg Barnes. A lot of the people that are in the film as extras are actually not actors—they’re workers in that factory. All rights reserved. Self-Employed. There was an Elvis fanatic, and she had a jet-black mullet and a shrine to Elvis set up at her sewing machine. Barnes: When they call you and say, we want you to design a play called Kinky Boots, the first thing that goes through your mind is, you better not mess those boots up! The smash musical's costume designer and makeup artist talk footwear and fashion in the run-up to the Tony Awards. In the Tony class of 2013, “Kinky Boots” topped the list as the most-nominated show, with 13, including one for Barnes. Sign up for exclusive discounts and save up to 50% on tickets! The revue will feature some of the late composer’s tunes heard in such shows as. The London production plays homage to the UK, featuring the Union Jack and Beefeaters among others, and all of the costumes are amazing. Really through the Drag Race reality show I gained this incredible respect. For the world premiere of the Broadway musical comedy “Something Rotten!,” costume designer Gregg Barnes started from scratch. MORE: Christie’s to Auction Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress. Log In. Mercer: In the beginning of a show, you always dream the wildest possibility that could ever be. But nobody has ever ever complained a peep about any of it. Costume designer Gregg Barnes, who conjured the ghosts of Zeigfeld Follies past in the 2012 revival of Follies (and walked away with a Tony Award for his work), stepped up to the plate with a series of dazzling looks for Kinky Boots, which earned him his fifth Tony nomination. #broadway #disney #aladdin #Gregg Barnes #Costumes #Design #Theatre #Musicals. Brown and Lin-Manuel Miranda Receive Special Honors, More, Look Back at Sierra Boggess, Tituss Burgess, Sherie Rene Scott, and More in, Samuel D. Hunter Writing Movie Adaptation of, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, More Tapped for Jerry Herman Tribute From Pasadena Playhouse. Gregg Barnes. Sign Up. The Fake Friends production was live streamed from Brooklyn last fall. Now we think we’ve kind of solved it, but it was a lot of trial and error to get the boots to function properly, and then of course to make them look like kinky boots. or. Mercer: There is that train of thought that if you’re not naked, it’s all drag. Elf (Nov 09, 2013 - Jan 05, 2014) Costume Design by Gregg Barnes MusicalComedyOriginal. Check out what Gregg Barnes will be attending at 2020 SETC Convention. Legally Blonde (Sep 23, 2008 - Aug 10, 2010) ... Search where Gregg Barnes and . See Photos. In reality, you have to do it eight times a week, [the actors] have to get ready within an hour, they have to get up there and do it. Here, Barnes and Mercer chat with TIME about their education in the drag aesthetic and just how comfortable six-inch boots really are. disneyonbroadway. So we put special neoprene, a high impact foam, in the insides, and built a lot of padding. Ken: I’m here with none other than two-time Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes. Select a city below: © 2021 TIME USA, LLC. Scenic design was by David Rockwell, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting by Kenneth Posner and sound by Mercer: For Billy [Porter, who plays drag queen Lola], he starts in the club in full drag. Randy, do you think drag makeup translates easily for the stage? In a show called Kinky Boots, “you’ve gotta get the boots right,” says Gregg Barnes, costume and footwear designer for the Tony Award-winning musical.The show, based on a real story and independent film about a failing English shoe factory which turned its fortunes around by niche-marketing sturdy boots for drag artists, has become a sold-out Broadway phenomenon. Tony-nominated costume designer Gregg Barnes reveals the inspiration and special challenged of creating the eye-popping costumes of Broadway's Kinky Boots. Barnes: Jerry Mitchell, the director of Kinky Boots, went to the actual factory as a research trip. I’m not wearing high heels myself right now, but I’m a convert to the form. See more ideas about barnes, costume design, costume design sketch. #aladdinbroadway. Such was the case with, Junior Theatre Festival Online Extravaganza Awards Performance Streams Live January 17, Celebrate Stage and Screen Star Lin-Manuel Miranda With a Look at His Career Highlights, In the News: Camille A. Costume designer Gregg Barnes, who is nominated for a 2013 Tony Award, makeup artist Randy Houston Mercer and hair designer Josh Marquette helm the team that has crafted the fabulous style of the show. Explore the costumes of ALADDIN with designer Gregg Barnes. When the costumes are referenced in the title of your multi-million dollar Broadway musical, you better hire the best to design them. Darren Aronofsky will direct with Brendan Fraser attached to star. (Tony nom. Obviously no visit to Kinky Boots can be complete without talking about the boots themselves. I think at the moment of the show when they put all that stuff on, it’s such a joyous moment, and [they experience] the high that the audience is giving them. An insider's guide to the essential city — where to sleep, eat and play. They consist of three leathers that are piped with black so it makes the reds look redder, and one piece that’s foiled, one piece that’s crocodile, and one that’s just patent. But I always look at it this way: what I do needs to complement what everyone else has done. Costume designer Gregg Barnes, who is nominated for a 2013 Tony Award, makeup artist Randy Houston Mercer and hair designer Josh Marquette helm the team that has crafted the fabulous style of the show. Barnes: Oh it’s like Sophie’s Choice! It’s really an art form; there’s so many facets to it. Barnes: We’d done all these things, we wanted to see if we could make them as comfortable as we could, given that they have a six-inch heel. They have to develop a boot that is a stiletto heel that a man can vamp in and whose weight won’t break. I’m sitting in Gregg’s house. Gregg Barnes. PHOTO SPECIAL: Gregg Barnes' Costume Sketches for Broadway's, When the costumes are referenced in the title of your multi-million dollar Broadway musical, you better hire the best to design them. So I bought all the past seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race; I went to a couple of drag shows. ), Aladdin (productions in Japan, Australia, London, and Germany), Kinky Boots (2013 Tony nom., 2016 Olivier Award, including productions in Japan, South Korea, Australia, London, Germany, and Toronto), Follies (2012 Tony … Gregg Barnes is on Facebook. Gregg Barnes had his work cut out for him when he became costume designer of the runaway hit Kinky Boots.The outrageous thigh-high, fire-engine-red, sparkly boots … Join Facebook to connect with Gregg Barnes and others you may know. I have to say I have a fondness for the pair of actual kinky boots—the red boots. With respect to the other [characters], with the costumes and the wigs and everything, the temperature they reach—you struggle to find products that are going to stay on in spite of all the sweating and dancing and physicality of the show. Gregg Barnes: Jerry Mitchell [director of “Kinky Boots”] had a certified vision that the runway honor things British, which was logical because the play was set in England. Here, Barnes and Mercer chat with TIME about their education in the drag aesthetic and just how comfortable six-inch boots really are. Such was the case with Kinky Boots, the new high-spirited musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein. Barnes: I did. (2015 Tony nom. There are some tricks and tools that we use in all disciplines. ... You know, no matter how good the dress is, that it’s not going to be the dress. What is your favorite pair of boots in the show? Kinky Boots played its final Broadway performance on April 7, 2019 People are now even attending the show dressed in kinky boots. Welcome, Gregg! Follow. #kinky boots #kinky boots musical #costume sketches #gregg barnes #costume #costume design. Barnes spoke with Playbill about creating the fantasy and reality of Kinky Boots, the divas who inspired some of Lola's looks, and his well-heeled cast. We learned as we went through this process that our experience developing the boots for the dancers in the show directly mirrors the story as it’s told in the film. Kinky Boots (Original, Musical, Broadway) opened in New York City Apr 4, 2013 and played through Apr 7, 2019. Mercer: As celebrities and stars come backstage after the show, every one of them wants to put on the boots. See more ideas about costume design, costume design sketch, theatre costumes. Kinky Boots, Something Rotten!, Aladdin, and The Drowsy Chaperone are just a few of the shows that feature Barnes originals. The Tony nominee celebrates his birthday January 11. 7 notes. Gregg: Welcome to everybody. KINKY BOOTS “Everybody say Yeah” Original Costume Sketch by Gregg Barnes Sold Out DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS - Joanna Gleason as Muriel Eubanks Costume by Gregg Barnes Ruben Santiago-Hudson will direct the Manhattan Theatre Club production; the company has also tapped Joshua Harmon for an Off-Broadway world premiere. How much of the look of the play was inspired by the movie? Log in or sign up for Facebook to connect with friends, family and people you know. Read the Playbill.com story. Did you feel like there was more pressure on the visual aspect of this show, since fashion is referenced right there in the title? If it’s okay, I can use Kinky Boots as an example. So even though we didn’t reference them specifically, he had taken pictures of those factory workers. Designer Gregg Barnes shares some of his original sketches with Playbill.com. For me consciously I made an effort not to make it a clown drag or a drag like Priscilla or La Cage, but more that editorial beauty drag. ), Something Rotten! Find your friends on Facebook. Ken: I literally just passed those two Tony Awards. I’ve done theater since I was a kid—over 30 years—and I will say that there are some similarities. Yet, for a good while, “Kinky Boots” manages to ride over the skeptical grumbling of your conscious mind. Kinky Boots is based on the 2005 British film of the same name, which was, in turn, inspired by a true story. In addition to best musical, it won four others. The costumes designed by Gregg Barnes are just stunning. So we realized, we have license not just to have the drag queens be the colorful characters, but the people who inhabit the factory could have their own eccentricities too. See Photos. And then he goes to a boy after “Sex Is in the Heel” and then we bump him up slowly to a boy who likes to wear makeup. Greg Barnes. See Photos. Gregg Barnes is an American costume designer for stage and film.Barnes is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Costume Design for his work on the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (2006) and Follies (2011). See Photos. Copyright 1991-2020 © Playbill Inc. All Rights Reserved. They don’t think about their feet until they’re back in the dressing room, and by then I’ve gone home. Broadway credits include: Pretty Woman, Mean Girls (2018 Tony nom.) It comments on gender roles, politics, style—there’s a lot of discipline in it. Flip through the official digital Playbill for this event helmed by Lucy Moss. PHOTO SPECIAL: Gregg Barnes' Costume Sketches for Broadway's Kinky Boots. [The team used M.A.C. Greg Barnes. But I put one on, stood up, and said, “Take it off, take it off!” They’re not comfortable. Gregg Barnes Broadway: Aladdin , Kinky Boots (Tony Nomination), Follies (2012 Tony Award, Drama Desk, Henry Hewes Award); Elf , Legally Blonde (Tony nomination, Olivier nomination); The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Award, Olivier Nomination); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , Flower Drum Song , (Tony nomination); Side Show ; Bye, Bye, Birdie . Meet Gregg Barnes. The original production was directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell and orchestrated by Stephen Oremus. Greg Barnes. Barnes: I was a virgin; I knew nothing about it. Tuck Everlasting (2016 Tony nom. They pay off because they are the heart of the story, that first pair of boots they create. Gregg, how familiar were you with drag queen footwear before this? Broadway for All leads a conversation with the show's creative team January 14. Cosmetics.]. Gregg Barnes Bio, Photos, Theatre Credits, Stage History - Broadway: Tuck Everlasting (Tony nom. Have either of you tried on the boots? 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