This feature originally appeared on NYC ARTS and NYCkidsARTS in 2009.
Costume designer William Ivey Long has five Tony Awards under his belt and has just finished the last tucks, pleats and hemlines on 580 outfits that represent the rise and fall of aspiring singers in Dreamgirls. The musical revival launched its national tour with a month of performances at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. While the "Dreams" are fictional (based on Diana Ross and the Supremes), real-life music idols such as the Pointer Sisters and Mick Jagger have also been outfitted by the costume designer.
New York productions that Mr. Long has dressed to the nines include Nine to Five, Pal Joey, Young Frankenstein, Grey Gardens, The Boy from Oz, Hairspray, The Producers, The Music Man, Contact, Swing, Cabaret, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You and Nine. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, Mr. Long was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in January 2006. Mr. Long lives in New York City and shares some of his favorite places with NYC ARTS.