Legendary Costume Designer Jane Greenwood on Outfitting Sarah Jessica Parker in ‘Plaza Suite’
, 2022-06-03 02:52:37,
When the Broadway community takes the stage for the 75th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, legendary costume designer Jane Greenwood will once again play a starring role in the big night.
The artist has been a mainstay on Broadway for five decades, and has designed for more than 130 productions — most recently “Plaza Suite,” the Neil Simon revival starring power couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. (The show, which has seen robust ticket sales, opened in late March and recently extended its run to July 10.)
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Greenwood nabbed the play’s only Tony nomination, for best costume design. And she relished the chance to work with Parker, decades after they first teamed up in the play “Sylvia” in 1995. (SJP played a dog.)
For “Plaza Suite,” Greenwood immersed herself in the late 1960s period the play is set in. “I have a big collection of magazines from different periods and take as much information as I can get,” Greenwood said, adding that studying the fabrics of the era was key. “Fabrics have disappeared,” she lamented.
Finding the right colors was also crucial — like the maroon hue of the polka dots in the blouse Parker wore as Karen Nash in “Visitor from Mamaroneck,” the first of three distinct plays. It explores the trials and tribulations of a couple whose marriage is falling apart. “I didn’t want the polka dots to be black and white. That maroon shade was quite popular then,” Greenwood said.
While the fashion in the first play is somewhat more subdued to match the melancholy mood, the second act — which involves a meeting between movie producer Jesse…
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