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Broadway Characters’ Wardrobes We’d Love to Raid

If you are a theatre lover, you’ve probably wished at one time or another that your life was like a Broadway musical. Life would be incredible if it were socially acceptable to burst into a spontaneous musical number in public, complete with your own perfectly choreographed backup dancers.

Now, imagine for a moment that you could also have a Broadway character’s wardrobe, including all the dazzling colors, fabrics and accessories. *Insert longing sigh here*

Here are 10 Broadway characters closets we dream of raiding:

1. The Schuyler Sisters — “Hamilton”

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It makes sense to start with the first ladies of Broadway: Angelica, Eliza (and Peggy). The beautiful colors of each gown pop from the stage, while each bodice has a design unique to each sister. They definitely know how to make those dresses work for them during the show, rocking the old-school frocks with the fierceness of Beyonce in hot pants.

2. Natasha Rostova — “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

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This Russian romance just began its run on Broadway in November, and the costumes are stunning. The work of Tony Award-winning designer Paloma Young, all of the costumes in the show are a sight to behold. However, Natasha’s high-society gowns contain gorgeous beadwork and beautiful accessories that would look just perfect in your closet.

3. Corny Collins — “Hairspray”

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Who doesn’t love a great suit? Corny’s wardrobe choices are about as colorful and fun as his personality. He manages to pull off outfits that would look downright tacky on anyone else. Case in point: Derek Hough, the most recent Corny Collins, looked nothing but sleek in a variety of flashy suits during “Hairspray Live!

4. Glinda — “Wicked”

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If you were ever, ever envious of Barbie’s wardrobe, take a stroll through Glinda’s closet. The bright colors, sequins and variety of silhouettes make for dreamy ensembles full of feminine flair.

5. Gigi — “Gigi”

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Designer Catherine Zuber took an old classic and made it modern in the recent revival of “Gigi.” The couture gowns seen onstage are worthy of any awards show red carpet. The chic French styles are any fashionista’s dream.

6. Reno Sweeney — “Anything Goes”

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Let’s begin by saying that Sutton Foster could wear a paper bag and still look amazing. However, she’s certainly not the only actress to play the spunky Reno Sweeney, whose wardrobe is 1930s perfection. Wide-legged pants, fabulous dresses and nautical-inspired pieces are flawless retro fashion.

7. William Shakespeare — “Something Rotten”

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Leather, leather and more leather. Shakespeare has the suave style of an ‘80s rockstar. Created by popular Broadway costume designer Gregg Barnes, the fitted jacket and knee-high leather boots see the old-school playwright bringing sexy back.

8. Sandy — “Grease”

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Continuing on the leather theme, who hasn’t wanted to be Bad Sandy with her red high heels and leather pants? From cool to cute, her poodle skirts are equally adorable. Sandy’s wardrobe is certainly versatile, with an outfit for every mood.

9. Lola — “Kinky Boots”

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There are too many fabulous boots to count. Combine them with the sparkle, the wigs and the extensive array of makeup, and we’ve got a winner. Besides knowing how to make boots, Lola certainly knows how to wear them. Fashion is an art form in this closet.

10. Elle Woods — “Legally Blonde”

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What we want? Elle Woods’ stylish, Carrie-Bradshaw-sized closet. She takes boring work wardrobes and gives them the makeover we all crave. The clothes are as sassy as her spunky personality and certainly jealousy-inducing.

Which Broadway character’s wardrobe would you love to have? Let us know in the comments below…

Written by Katelynn Johnston

Katelynn is a writer and elementary arts teacher from Toronto. From acting to choreographing to directing, she has been fortunate enough to take part in a variety of shows.

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