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SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with JOHN RUBINSTEIN

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (July 31, 2015)

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SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Actor/Composer JOHN RUBINSTEIN fromSHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Broadway’s original Pippin, JOHN RUBINSTEIN discusses his incredible career on stage, tv and film including stories of working with Ben Vereen, Bob Fosse and Diana Paulus. Mr. Rubinstein is currently playing King Charles in the National Touring Company of PIPPIN.

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual tickets for PIPPIN at the Cadillac Palace Theatre range from $27-$95.  A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances.  Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at(312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.  For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com or www.PippinTheMusical.com and follow PIPPIN on Twitter: @PippinMusical or on Facebook.

94246Mr. Rubinstein made his Broadway acting debut in 1972, and received a Theater World Award, for creating the title role in the musical “Pippin”, directed by Bob Fosse. In 1980, he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and Drama-Logue Awards for his portrayal of “James Leeds” in Mark Medoff’s “Children Of A Lesser God”, directed by Gordon Davidson. Other Broadway appearances were in Neil Simon’s “Fools”, and David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly”, both directed by Mike Nichols; Herman Wouk’s “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial”, which earned him another Drama Desk nomination; David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly”; “Getting Away With Murder”, by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by Jack O’Brien, and the musical “Ragtime”, directed by Frank Galati. In 2014, he joined the Broadway cast of the hit revival of “Pippin,” directed by Diane Paulus, this time playing Pippin’s father, Charlemagne. He repeated this role on the national tour throughout the United States and Japan in 2014-2015. In 1987, he made his off-Broadway debut at the Roundabout Theater as “Guildenstern” in Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”, with Stephen Lang and John Wood, and subsequently performed in “Urban Blight” and “Cabaret Verboten”. In 2005, he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, as well as nominations for both the Outer Critics’ and Drama League Awards, for his portrayal of “George Simon” in Elmer Rice’s “Counselor-at-Law”, directed by Dan Wackerman, at the Pecadillo Theatre.

PIPPIN

Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award®-winning musical PIPPIN – described as “An eye-popping, jaw-dropping, VISUALLY STUNNING extravaganza. THE THRILL OF THE SEASON!” by NY1.

PIPPIN is back for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago… With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life?  Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory. This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess).  It features sizzling choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation of breathtaking acrobatics by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers) the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.  PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”

PIPPIN, the most nominated Broadway show of 2013, won four 2013 Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, four Drama Desk Awards, seven Outer Critic Circle Awards,  and the Drama League Award.

With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, PIPPINfeatures music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award-winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm.

Barry & Fran Weissler and Howard & Janet Kagan present the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) production of PIPPIN with Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, Stephen E. McManus, A&A Gordon, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak,Rebecca Gold, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Hugh Hayes/Jonathan Reinis/Jamie Cesa, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Ben Feldman, Just For Laughs Theatricals, Square 1 Theatrics, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg,  Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, and Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney.
Join us… for this magical, unforgettable production the New York Times declared “Astonishing!  A PIPPIN for the 21st Century.”

www.PippinTheMusical.com

Become a fan of PIPPIN on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PippinTheMusical and follow PIPPIN on Twitter @pippinthemusical.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

Wednesdays at 7:30 PM

Thursdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM (no matinee performance on August 6)

Fridays at 7:30 PM

Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM

Sundays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM

 

Little Mermaid Costumes are on the Horizon!

Posted by: Pierre's Costumes (May 22, 2015)

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Here at Pierre's Costumes we are designing and building Little Mermaid this summer! 

The costumes will become available for rental starting late Fall 2015 and beyond. 

We are so excited to add this gorgeous show to our rental repertoire.

We'll be releasing designs and starting the build in the next two weeks so please stay tuned and get in contact with Liz in our Theatre Department if you'd like more information!  

(215)925-7121

liz@costumers.com

SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Actor/Composer BARRY ANDERSON

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (May 10, 2015)

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SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Actor/Composer BARRY ANDERSON from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

BARRY ANDERSON discusses his role as Bob Crewe in the National Touring production of JERSEY BOYS. Mr. Anderson also talks about his songwriting career which is showcased in the album "You Are Home; The Songs of Anderson and Petty" which is available on iTunes  SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Listeners are treated to Anderson and Petty's SUPERMAN, sung by the amazing Autumn Hulbert at the end of the interview.  For more information of JERSEY BOYS visit BroadwayInChicago.com. For more information on Barry Anderson visit andersonandpetty.com.

1428011671BARRY ANDERSON (Bob Crewe) Barry is thrilled to be a part of the Jersey family. Broadway: Legally Blonde (Aaron Schultz). National Tours: Legally Blonde, My Fair Lady.  Regional:  Where's Charley? (Charley); Bye Bye Birdie (Albert); Honk! (The Cat); The Civil War. T.V./Film: 30 Rock, As The World Turns, FORWARD&GONE. Music graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Thanks to the family, Rusty, Lisa, and Merri! Proud AEA member. Check out www.andersonandpetty.com (songwriting) and follow @4BarryAnderson.

“THE MOST EXCITING MUSICAL BROADWAY HAS SEEN IN YEARS.” – Chicago Tribune

JERSEY BOYS is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “THE CROWD GOES WILD!” proclaims The New York Times.

The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time Tony Award® -winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

 

  • Playing at: Cadillac Palace Theatre
  • Dates: May 12, 2015 - May 24, 2015
  • Runtime: Two hours and 30 minutes with an intermission

 

 

 

Shows for our Gymatorium?

Posted by: Maura Glaeser (April 21, 2015)

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I go to a school in Missouri.  We perform our plays and musicals in what we call our Gymatorium.  It is basically how it sounds.  A crappy Jr. High Gym, with a stage, and horrible acoustics.  I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what shows would work for such a small space.  Specifically shows with minimal set requirement and casting.  We've already done Clue the Musical, Once on this Island, Grease, Almost, Maine, etc...  We need some new ideas for crowd pleasers that work with what we have.

SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Broadway’s ANIKA LARSEN

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (February 7, 2015)

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SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Broadway’s ANIKA LARSEN from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award Winner ANIKA LARSEN discusses her new album ‘SING ME TO SLEEP’.  For more information visitwww.AnikaLarsen.biz

YELLOW SOUND LABEL  releases Sing you to Sleep, the debut solo CD of dreamy ballads and standards from ANIKALARSEN,currently starring on Broadway in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. For her role as legendary songwriter Cynthia Weil,Anika was nominated for a 2014 Tony Award and won the Drama Desk Award. She has also appeared inRentAll Shook UpXanadu and Avenue QSing you to Sleep – produced by Emmy Award-winner and Grammy Award-nominee Michael Croiter (MatildaBig Fish,Heathers), with Dan Watt serving as executive producer – will be available online and in stores December 9. Pre-order the album at Amazon.com orwww.yellowsoundlabel.com.

Sing you to Sleep is a tuneful and personal album for adults and children alike, whichLarsen recorded with her nine siblings and fourteen nieces and nephews in mind. The twelve soulful songs are drawn from contemporary pop (“Count on Me” by Bruno Mars, “Fields of Gold” by Sting), legendary singer/songwriters (“Annie’s Song” by John Denver, “Make You Feel My Love” from Bob Dylan), musical theater (“Summertime” from Porgy & Bess, “Sleepy Man” from The Robber Bridegroom) and animated classics (the poignant “Baby Mine” from Dumbo) and An American Tail (a gently swinging version of “Somewhere Out There,” with lyrics by herBeautiful character Cynthia Weil). Jessie Mueller, who won the 2014 Tony Award winner for playing Carole King in Beautiful, is featured on the album in a duet with her co-star for James Taylor’s “You Can Close Your Eyes.”

“I’ve cared for a lot of little ones in my time, and I have sung all of them to sleep with some of my all-time favorite songs,” says Anika. “I am so thrilled to share this collection with you. Every song has a particular history with me, or is just so pretty that I haven’t been able to stop singing it over the years. I hope you and yours enjoy them as much as I have—so much so that they put you to sleep.”

“When I first heard Anika sing, I was captivated and needed to hear more,” says executive producer Dan Watt. “Besides her ability to belt out a song, I heard an amazing quality in her voice, and I wanted others to hear it too.  Working with Anika has been an absolute dream and theses songs are pure perfection.”

When Anika opened on Broadway in Beautiful earlier this year, she was praised for her “megawatt scene-stealing abandon” (Entertainment Weekly), “enormous warmth” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “breezy elegance” (New York Daily News). She was hailed as “sharp and spunky” (New York Observer), “bubbly and brainy” (NBC New York) and “vibrant, quick-witted and firmly independent” (San Francisco Chronicle). Beautiful is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The Beautiful original Broadway cast recording, which features Larsen, was released in April.

ANIKA LARSEN grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts with nine brothers and sisters from different races and countries. She made her performance debut singing with her siblings at her parents’ annual Christmas parties.  Her mother thought they were the multi-cultural Von Trapps.

After majoring in theater at Yale, Anika moved to New York City where her first professional job was Rent, during which she was given the nickname Shafrika. In addition to her Broadway credits, she also appeared in Disaster!Unbroken CircleCloser Than EverMiracle BrothersZanna, Don’t!, and more. Anika is the only person on the planet who can say she was in the original casts of both Xanadu and Zanna, Don’t!

Anika co-founded Jaradoa Theater with director April Nickell in 2007. Their mission was to promote mercy, beauty and truth through performance and service. For four years they produced theater that strove to resonate, inspire and reach audiences that didn’t usually have access to theater. The company presented shows in public middle schools, at-risk youth centers, teen alternative-to-incarceration programs, nursing homes, and homeless senior centers.

In 2009, Jaradoa Theater produced Shafrika, The White Girl, a musical Anika wrote about her childhood. She and Orlando Bishop co-wrote “The Joneses,” one-hour dramedy TV pilot loosely based on her personal story. Anika is currently writing a new play with her longtime writing partner April Nickell.

For more information, please visit www.AnikaLarsen.biz.

Yellow Sound Label is a Grammy Award-nominated, cutting-edge record company that produces both established performers and up-and-coming artists. The boutique label takes a hands-on approach in nurturing and producing passionate, focused performers and composers who create quality, noteworthy recordings. The label has featured the best of Broadway (MatildaBig FishFirst Date), Off Broadway (Heathers – The MusicalThe Burnt Part BoysMurder BalladThe Shaggs), theater luminaries (Chita Rivera, Alan Cumming, Telly Leung, Christopher Jackson), and rising songwriter/composers (Marcy & Zina, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Lance Horne, Michael Patrick Walker).  www.YellowSoundLabel.com. 

“SING YOU TO SLEEP” TRACK LIST

  1. Summertime (Music George Gershwin / Lyrics Ira Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward)
  2. Somewhere Out There (Music by James Horner & Barry Mann/Lyrics by Cynthia Weil)
  3. Count On Me (Music and lyrics by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine)
  4. Sleepy Man (Music and lyrics by Robert Waldman and Alfred Uhry)
  5. The Moon is Made of Gold (Music and lyrics by Richard Loris Jones)
  6. You Can Close Your Eyes (Music and lyrics by James Taylor) – Duet with Jessie Mueller
  7. Four-Leaf Clover (Music by Abra J. Moore / Lyrics by David Lewis and Wayne I. Lewis)

  8. Al Otro Lado del Rio (Music and lyrics by Jorge Drexler)

  9. Fields of Gold (Music by Sting / Lyrics by Gordon Sumner and Dusan Bogdanovic)

  10. Baby Mine (Music by Frank Churchill / Lyrics by Ned Washington)

  11. Annie’s Song (Music and lyrics by John Denver)

  12. Make You Feel My Love (Music and lyrics by Bob Dyl

More Mary Poppins costume pictures

Posted by: Pierre's Costumes (February 5, 2015)

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We have just received a few more photographs of our Mary Poppins rental costume set from our first production.

Our customer Titusville Playhouse just completed a 4 week run and are giving us rave reviews on the costumes.

 

We have so many pictures of the show, that I will only post a couple here.

You can find many more pictures on our blog 

http://www.costumers.com/more-pictures-of-mary-poppins-costumes/costumes/02/05/2015/

We still have several slots open for this spring to rent the costume set.

Here are a few pictures to tease you:

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"Disney's Alice In Wonderland Jr." Tee-Shirts

Posted by: Ryan Hall (February 1, 2015)

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Finally, our tee-shirts came in and we distributed the shirts out during our Saturday Rehersal!

Interview with Broadway’s J. ROBERT SPENCER

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (January 30, 2015)

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Tony Award Nominee J. ROBERT SPENCER discusses The Midtown Men, Jersey Boys, Next To Normal and his film production company is this in-depth interview.  www.MidtownMen.com

J. ROBERT SPENCER is excited to return to making music with The Midtown Men, which reunites four stars from the original cast of “Jersey Boys.” He is a Tony Award Nominated Actor, Independent Film Director, Producer, and Writer. In 2004, he was cast and originated the role of Nick Massi in the Tony and Grammy Award winning musical “Jersey Boys”. In 2008 J. Robert was cast and originated the role of Dan Goodman in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of “Next To Normal,” for which he was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, and nominated for a 2008 – 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. As a voiceover artist, he has performed the lead voices for two Japanese animated features: “Nightmare Campus” and the critically acclaimed, award winning “Grave of the Fireflies.”

In 2004, J. Robert appeared as a psychopathic killer named Bob in the independent feature film “Night of the Dog”. The role earned him a Best Supporting Actor Nomination at the Smmash Film Festival, and the film won Audience Awards for best feature film at Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, SMMASH and PBIFF. In 2005, J. Robert began his Independent Film Company, 7 Spencer Productions, for which he produced, wrote, starred and directed his first independent feature comedy titled “Farm Girl In New York”. The film was featured on The Today Show with Ann Currey and Al Roker, and was the official selection of the Sacramento International Film Festival (Nominated for Best Comedy and Best Actress,) Big Apple Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, and the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, and is being distributed by Maverick Entertainment. He just completed his second independent feature film titled “Heterosexuals”, for which he is listed as executive producer/producer/actor. He is also executive producer with Wood Media Films on an environmental documentary titled “On Coal River”, which has been the official selection of Silverdocs, Camden, Hamptons, Chesapeake and New Orleans Film Festivals. J. Robert can be seen and heard in CD/DVD through Sony Masterworks with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in the PBS performances of “Handel’s Messiah Rocks”, in which he was Nominated for a 2010 Midwest Emmy Award for Best On Camera Performance by a Leading Actor. J. Robert is the 2009 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Shenandoah University.

 

Our brand new set of Mary Poppins costumes has just gone out on it’s first rental.

Posted by: Pierre's Costumes (January 27, 2015)

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We spent a good part of December and early January finishing up our build of our Mary Poppins costume set.  Our staff loved building the costumes, since it really allowed them to be creative.  In addition we brought in a few of our “regular” over hire costume builders to help with the rush.  We were finishing up a complete set of Mummers costumes for Duffy String Band just in time for the New Years parade in November and December.

Titusville is still running, but they were nice enough to send us a few preliminary pictures to share.  We don’t have pictures of all the costumes yet, since we were constructing costumes right up the wire and had no time for a photo shoot.

You can learn more about Titusville Playhouse in Titusville Florida by going to their website http://www.titusvilleplayhouse.com

We anticipate putting more Mary Poppins costume pictures up in the next month as we get them and also as we have time to take them (show season is off to a big rush!).

If you are interested in renting this complete costume set, just give us a call at 215-925-7121 and ask for the theater department.  This is obviously the “hot” show this year, and is booking fast.  We only have so many spots left, so don’t get left out.

Here are a few pictures to get you thinking:mary poppinsmary poppinsmary poppins

To see more pictures go to our blog on Costumers.com

http://www.costumers.com/mary_poppins/costumes/01/26/2015/

Our Top 10 Musical Rentals of 2014!

Posted by: Costume Holiday House (January 27, 2015)

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If we were to ask you what you think our busiest time of year is at Costume Holiday House you would probably think Halloween, right? Well, it isn’t! Our biggest business is Theatrical Costume Rentals. While we get a decent amount of show rentals in the fall, we are busiest, by far, in the Spring months. Why? Because every high school in America is doing their Spring Musicals! Last year we costume almost 200 shows and the majority of those took place between February and May.

We have compiled a list of the 10 shows we costumed the most last year and they all happened to be musicals!

 

10. Pirates of Penzance

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While many people wouldn’t think of Pirates of Penzance as a popular musical, it is very popular to rent costumes for the production. Why? Because there is a whole squadron of British policemen, known as bobbies. They wear a very specific uniform and we have them in all sizes at Costume Holiday House.

 

9. Guys and Dolls

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Guys and Dolls has always been popular among high schools, for multiple reasons. Likewise, Guys and Dolls has made our top 10 list every year for as long as we can remember! This is because Guys and Dolls requires a lot of characters wearing identical costumes, like the Mission Band uniforms and the chorus costumes for numbers like “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Take Off Your Mink”.

 

8. Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

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This show was new to our stock last year and it is gaining popularity! Beauty and the Beast (which you will see later in the countdown) is always a hit among young performers. So Music Theatre International made a Junior version, which is a 70-minute version for middle school aged students. As you can imagine, it was just as popular. And because the costumes are so specific, it is also popular to rent them.

 

7. The Music Man

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The Music Man is a classic high school musical. Almost anyone you ask, who participated in musicals in high school, has done this show! Because the show takes place in the early 1900s, it requires period costumes. And we have them all, including the Pick-A-Little Ladies!

 

6. Les Miserables

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Last year was the first year that the license for Les Miserables was available so, naturally, it was very popular. Also, Les Miserables came out as a movie in 2013, which always boosts a shows popularity. While many of the costumes for this show can be put together easily (like the poor and the whores) there are a lot of military uniforms and formal costumes that are usually rented.

 

5. The Wizard of Oz

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The Wizard of Oz has always been one of our most popular shows to rent. It takes place in a fantasy world and the costumes are equally fantastic. There’s a land where everything is candy colored and another where everything is green. Our Lion and Tinman costumes are also very popular, as they are some of the best in the business.

 

4. The Little Mermaid, Jr.

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The Little Mermaid, Jr. is a newly released show, and it is very popular. In fact, at one point we had 4 orders for the show on the same weekend! Like The Wizard of Oz, the costumes are all fantasy-based, which makes it easier for theatres to rent them than to try to create them themselves. Also, like any musical based on a film, the costumes are iconic and, therefore, very specific.

 

3. Cinderella

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Cinderella was big last year because it had just finished its National Tour. We get a lot of rentals for this show because it is a combination of fantasy (horses, mice, etc.) and period clothing. Something that we offer that many other costume rental companies don’t, is a choice of time period. We can costume Cinderella to be Medieval, Victorian or even Modern!

 

2. Shrek The Musical

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Shrek The Musical was available for the first time last year and it took off! And, not only are the costumes in this show very specific, some of them are used to create physical illusions for certain characters. For example, Lord Farquaad has to look very short, the 3 Pigs have to look fat and round, and Fiona has to go from human-sized to Ogre-sized in an instant! We have the costumes to do that.

 

1. Beauty and the Beast

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Since Beauty and the Beast‘s release it has been one of our most popular show rentals. The main reason for this is that our costumes for this show are, in our humble opinion, AWESOME! Another big reason is that the castle objects in the show, especially Cogsworth and Madame de la Grande Bouche, would be very difficult and expensive to make, so most theatres find that it is easier and cheaper to rent them.