Beloved and I took our wonderful 10-year-old niece to see WICKED on Broadway over the weekend, and I cannot get the costumes out of my head. We sprang for the really good seats – second row center – so we got a very close look at them, and everything down to the littlest detail was truly spectacular. I thought I’d share them for those of you who either haven’t seen it or who have the good sense not to go into debt for the actor-spittle seats. (F.Y.I., when we get tickets for ourselves, we are typically in the back with the unwashed hordes. We only pretend to be fancy once in a while. Happily, Miss Maggie was gratifyingly thrilled and enchanted, as were we, so it was money well spent.)
The costumes that so wowed us were conceived by lead costume designer Susan Hilferty, whose designs for WICKED won the coveted 2004 Tony for Best Costumes. The overall theme has best been described as “twisted Edwardian,” and it’s every bit as delicious as it sounds. And the colors! I’m not usually a huge fan of green, but this was gorgeous. I may become a green convert yet!
I was thrilled to discover that there’s a whole series of behind-the-scenes videos about the costumes on YouTube. Right up my alley!
I thought I’d use the Wordpress tiles gallery feature, so the photos are appearing a bit smaller than usual. However, if you click on them, you can view them in all their full-sized glory. Enjoy!