On the Town, Jersey Boys and Newsies Designer Names "Iconic and Influential" Costumes | Playbill

News On the Town, Jersey Boys and Newsies Designer Names "Iconic and Influential" Costumes Jess Goldstein, the Tony Award-winning costume designer represented on Broadway this season with On the Town and the recent Disney hit Newsies, was recently honored with the 2015 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award. He picks the costumes from influential films that shaped his decades-long career on stage.

Jess Goldstein Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Goldstein made his Broadway debut in 1980 as the costume designer of the short-lived Charles Strouse musical Charlie and Algernon. He went on to design such shows as Tintypes, the acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater revival of The Most Happy Fella, and such Tony-winning plays as Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion!, David Auburn's Proof and Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out.

Goldstein was Tony-nominated for his work in the Al Pacino revival of The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV and The Rivals, earning his first Tony Award for the latter. His designs were also featured in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Apple Tree with Kristin Chenoweth, Newsies, Glengarry Glen Ross with Pacino, Mothers and Sons with Tyne Daly and the long-running hit Jersey Boys.

Born in New York City and raised in suburban New Jersey, I was lucky enough to start seeing Broadway shows as a teenager in the 1960s, and those big classic musicals like Hello, Dolly!, Funny Girl, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret were undoubtedly an influence on me as a future costume designer before I even quite understood what the job entailed. But before Broadway matinees became a Saturday afternoon treat, I was a child fascinated by the old movies from the 1930s to the 1950s that I watched on the TV in our den. Back then I had no idea I'd become a costume designer, but in retrospect, I realize I was often more taken by the costuming than any other aspect of those films.

So in no particular order, here are some examples of iconic Hollywood costuming that inspired me to become a costume designer.

Click through to read Goldstein's selections:


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