The crème de la crème of make–up artists and costumers are working on Broadway. We asked a few of them to share their secrets on how to easily create a great Broadway-inspired look for Halloween.
Jeff Mahshie, a Drama Desk-nominated costume designer whose credits include Broadway's Next to Normal and The Little Dog Laughed and Off-Broadway's Becky Shaw and Hurlyburly, gave us a special look at how to come up with "before and after" looks based on the costumes good-girl-gone-bad Sandy wears in Grease.
Estimated application time: 30 minutes
"Good" Sandy White crew neck
Cardigan sweater (optional)
Skirt (Buy fabric; a stiff cotton will eliminate the need for a crinoline)
White sneakers and socks
Black tank top
Black opaque stockings
Kid-friendly red ballet flats
Where to buy
Ricky’s NYC (rickysnyc.com)
Alcone NYC (alconeco.com)
How to make the costumes
Step 1: Take skirt fabric and fold in quarters.
Step 2: Take waist measurement. Divide by 4. (i.e. 20"). Measure from waist to desired hem cut. Sew seam.
Step 3: Cut out a poodle in felt (Get a picture off the Internet and trace). Glue poodle to skirt.
Step 4-FINAL: Add pearls, headband and white sneakers and socks. Feel free to alter accessories.
Step 1: Gather tank top straps and center.
Step 2: Take black opaque stockings. Cut mid-calf.
Step 3-FINAL: Add kid-friendly red ballet flats.
Want to get in the Broadway spirit this Halloween? Join Playbill for Kids' Night on Broadway's special Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 31. To purchase tickets and for more information — including list of discounted restaurants and parking garages — theatregoers can visit KidsNightonBroadway.com. Tickets can also be purchased via broadwayoffers.com or ticketmaster.com or at the individual theatre box offices (use code KNOB2010).