Shop the looks even if you can’t sing, dance or act!
Broadway performers are the professional athletes of the entertainment business. They perform eight shows per week, singing, dancing, or acting for two-and-a-half hours, not to mention the time they spend in wardrobe, makeup and rehearsals. Most entertainers spent ten years or more performing in regional or school theatre programs, attending hundreds of auditions before landing a coveted gig on Broadway.
But for the talented and fortunate few who make the highest cut, Broadway is theatre’s most elite and iconic showcase, a slice of America’s rich cultural heritage, and with the advent of provocative new shows like Hamilton, Broadway has become the cutting edge of live entertainment. Each of the past three years have been record-breaking for attendance and gross receipts on Broadway. On any given night, there are more spectators in Broadway theatres than at all of New York’s professional sports venues combined.
Ten million hardcore theatre fans and neophytes alike tuned in (or logged on) to see performances from the hottest shows on Broadway during the 72nd annual TONY awards ceremony. For aspiring musical theatre performers, there is no greater inspiration than seeing legendary stars of the stage walk the red carpet and perform for the TONYs Awards ceremony at Radio City. And those of us who are not inclined to sing, dance or act, (but appreciate those who do), find ourselves compiling a wish list of Broadway shows to catch, and admiring the TONY dresses on the red carpet. We might not all be able to perform like Broadway stars, but we can all take inspiration from their wardrobe.
Renee Fleming was nominated as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Nettie in “Carousel.” Fleming’s rousing rendition of the anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a highlight of the show, and has been part of Fleming’s repertoire for years. She sang it at the nationally-televised September 11th Memorial concert in 2001, and the Obama inaugural gala in 2009. Renee is exquisite in her hot pink gown, and we choose a similar, short-sleeved version from Jay Godfrey, paired with a Judith Leiber Couture clutch and Christian Louboutin crystal-embellished pumps.
Jay Godfrey Victoria Deep V-Neck Gown
Judith Leiber Couture New Goddess Clutch Bag
Christian Louboutin Degrastrass Vinyl Pump
At 62 years old, stage and screen actress Laurie Metcalf is finally winning the accolades for her theatre work that she’s deserved all along. Best known as Jackie Harris on the sitcom Roseanne (for which she won three Emmy Awards), Metcalf brought home her second TONY in a row this year when she was named Best Featured Actress in a Play for “Three Tall Women.” Metcalf is elegant in her black and white gown, and we love this similarly-tailored gown from Tadashi Shoji, also in black and white. We paired it with Jimmy Choo feathered sandals and an Edie Parker clutch.
Tadashi Shoji Hammered Crepe Gown
Jimmy Choo Viola Crystal Satin Sandals
Edie Parker Jean Leopard Clutch Bag
Chita Rivera became a star in 1957 when she was cast in the role as Anita in the Broadway production of “West Side Story”, and she hasn’t stopped singing, dancing and acting since then. She accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award from the TONY committee in a ravishing red gown with a lace overlay. In homage to Rivera’s bold glamour, we chose a one-shoulder draped cocktail dress from Solace London with red Aquazzura sandals and a Judith Leiber Couture starfish clutch.
Solace London Marine One-shoulder Cocktail Dress
Aquazzura Lily of the Valley Sandals
Judith Leiber Couture Fromia Starfish Clutch
Also in red was Lauren Ridloff, a lovely ingenue who was nominated for best actress in a play for the revival of “Children of a Lesser God.” We love the simple silhouette of her cocktail dress, which inspired us to choose a Jason Wu taffeta dress, an Eric Javits clutch and Dolce & Gabbana stilettos.
Jason Wu Wrap-effect Taffeta Gown
Eric Javits Sandra Embellished Half-moon Clutch
Dolce & Gabbana Rose Heel Sandals
Lauren Ambrose, nominated as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Eliza Doolittle in the revival of “My Fair Lady,” was luminous in white tulle on the red carpet. She inspired us to choose a similarly feminine, frothy white dress from Rosie Assoulin, Manolo pumps, and a Jimmy Choo chain clutch.
BCBGMAXAZRIA Illusion Tulle Dress
Manolo Blahnik Carolyne Suede Slingbacks
Jimmy Choo Glitter Chain Clutch
Brown is a very unusual color for evening wear, but we have to admit that “Waitress” composer and TONY host Sara Bareilles totally nailed her red carpet look. With a similar color scheme and silhouette, we chose this Elie Saab animal print halter along with embellished Jimmy Choo sandals and a Christian Louboutin spiked clutch.
Needle & Thread Marie Tiered Tulle Gown
Valentino Garavani Rockstud Sandals
Christian Louboutin Paloma Clutch
Kerry Washington is best known as Olivia Pope in ABC’s Scandal, but she made her Broadway debut in the David Mamet’s play “Race” in 2009. This fall, she will return to the stage in the play “American Son,” directed by TONY Winner Kenny Leon. Washington never disappoints with her red carpet ensembles, but we found her white-beaded pant suit-gown hybrid to be particularly fetching. Washington’s outfit is definitely one-of-a-kind, and it inspired us to select something white and flowy with a deep v-neck from Galvan that we paired with a Jimmy Choo clutch and silver Gianvito Rossi sandals.
Galvan Sevilla Lace Gown
Gianvito Rossi Portofino Metallic Leather Sandals
Jimmy Choo Glittered Canvas Clutch
Congratulations to Lindsay Mendez who was named Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Carrie in “Carousel.” Her beige beaded dress was also a winner. She inspired us to choose this Zuhair Murad gown, paired with a Bottega Veneta clutch, and Gianvito Rossi sandals.
Zuhair Murad Beaded Tulle Gown
Bottega Veneta Impero Mini Satin Clutch
Gianvito Rossi Embellished Satin Sandals
Denise Gough was nominated as Best Featured Actress in a Play for “Angels in America,” and she is positively angelic in her sheer black dress with crystal embellishments. Her gown inspired us to select this Monique Lhuillier dress in black tulle, paired with Prada sandals, and a sequined clutch from Jimmy Choo.
Monique Lhuillier Appliquéd Tulle Gown
Prada Scalloped Metallic Sandals
Jimmy Choo Celeste Sequined Clutch
Presenter Kelli O’Hara (former co-star of “Light in the Piazza”) is a vision in white, and inspired us to select a beaded Naeem Khan column gown with Gianvito Rossi pumps, and an Edie Parker clutch.
Aidan Mattox Embellished Gown
Gianvito Rossi Crystal-embellished Pumps
Edie Parker Wolf Ribbon Clutch