ALADDIN Comes to Broadway

  • There’s a whole lot of magic on stage every night at Broadway’s ALADDIN, and even more taking place behind the scenes. Gregg Barnes, the show’s Tony© Award-winning costume designer, is a Broadway veteran who worked closely with director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw to give life to these characters and transport the audience to the fictional city of Agrabah. Here we look at the detail and collaboration that went into crafting the hundreds of costumes used in ALADDIN.

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  • Barnes estimates that ALADDIN has nearly 350 costumes in total, all of which were handmade especially for the show.
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  • "My research spanned ancient costumes to the 1930s Cotton Club to modern bridal fashions. In terms of inspiration, we were all over the world,” Barnes says.
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  • Barnes notes that the show's vivid color palette is in part a tribute to the animated film from which ALADDIN is drawn.
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  • To get everything built, Barnes contracted 28 costume shops, including milliners, cobblers, beaders, and dressmakers.
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  • Barnes: “Casey decided that the show takes place in a fabled city of the spice trade, so we were able to use varying cultural influences in the costumes.”
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  • “We really did try to honor the feeling of this fictional village which is inspired by all these cultures coming together,” says Barnes.
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  • The costumes are made from millions of Swarovski® Crystals. Just one pair of pants used in the “Friend Like Me” number contains 1,428 sparkling beads.
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  • The stunning designs combined with exhilarating choreography and show-stopping production numbers help make ALADDIN "Broadway's biggest new hit!" (EW)
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