Though most fashion types are gearing up for a busy week of zipping between runway shows, a handful of ardent theatergoers among the crowd are equally excited for a crop of shows opening on Broadway.
And what that means for Michael Kors, at least, is Hugh Jackman in “The Boy From Oz,” a new biographical musical that begins performances on Tuesday, in which the star of “X-Men” plays the Australian entertainer Peter Allen. “I think Hugh Jackman is electric,” Kors says, “And Peter Allen was a friend of mine, so I’ll be there opening night.” Kors is not the only one in line for tickets, but Blaine Trump already has hers. “I’ve heard great things,” Trump says. “I have a good feeling about it. Good vibes.”
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Costumer and fashion designer William Ivey Long describes Jackman in more specific terms: “‘Yowza’ is how I say it.” Of course, Ivey Long costumed the show, which travels from the Sixties to the Nineties.
“I was telling C.Z. Guest about the actress who plays Judy Garland — she looks just like Judy,” Ivey Long explains. “C.Z. said to me, ‘Well, I’ll tell you if she looks just like her.’”
Ivey Long is also working on the revival of “Little Shop of Horrors,” as well as a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical called “Never Gonna Dance,” which features hairstyles, haute couture and men’s tailored suits à la 1936.
“It’s going to be really bespoke spoken here,” Ivey Long says. “Robert Burke at Bergdorf’s said he’d like to do a window.”
When it comes to the “competition” (what little there is of it), Ivey Long is most excited about the new Boy George-Leigh Bowery musical, “Taboo.” “I saw the set designs,” he reports. “They’re outrageous, and I’m just jealous.”
Meanwhile, Isaac Mizrahi can’t wait for “Wicked,” a new musical about the Wicked Witch of the West based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. “I love Kristin Chenoweth, who’s starring in it,” he says.
Wendy Wasserstein is looking forward to a new production of “Henry IV” at Lincoln Center in which Kevin Kline plays Falstaff. “What could be better?” she wonders.
But some fashion fiends are excited about theater events even closer to home. “I’m looking forward to people coming to see my show at Joe’s Pub in November,” says Sandra Bernhard.
“The Boy from Oz”:
Vivian Beaumont Theater,
“Little Shop of Horrors”:
“Never Gonna Dance”: