Musicals Fancy Dress Theme

Musicals is a great fancy dress theme, giving your guests plenty of potential costume choices.

Les Misérables -Have you seen it yet? Naturally, we are talking about the much hyped film adaptation of the musical Les  Misérables. This went on general release yesterday and is set at the time of the French Revolution. We have on occasion been asked for costumes for some of the characters, but when it comes to theme parties with a ‘Musicals’ theme, we can’t say it’s top of the list. We will just have to see whether this will change in 2013.  If we have set you wondering as to what our top ten costume requests for Musicals are, here is a brief run-down. They are in no particular order, as the order can change from week to week.

Musicals Fancy Dress Theme

Although we featured Music Icons as our costume theme a few days ago, today we thought we’d concentrate onGrease Fancy Dress ideas Musicals as this gives such a wide range of costume ideas…

This theme can also give you a wide range of costumes that are suitable for a group of friends, or family to attend.

Musical Costume Ideas:

  • Carousel
  • Bombay Dreams – Bollywood extravaganza
  • The Lion King
  • Mama Mia – Abba costumes
  • The Phantom Of The Opera
  • We Will Rock You – Freddy Mercury Costume
  • Wicked
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Dreamboats & Petticoats – wear your 50s/60s costumes with pride
  • Grease – we stock a great range of Grease Costumes
  • Fame – a time to get your leg warmers out again
  • Shrek – this production gives you a huge range of cartoon character costumes to choose from
  • Sister Act – a nun outfit – couldn’t be easier
  • Sound of Music
  • Wizard of Oz – check out our range of Wizard of Oz costumes
  • The Lion King – wear an animal mask
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Oliver – Victorian costumes
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Annie
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Billy Elliot
  • Doctor Dolittle
  • Phantom of The Opera
  • The King and I
  • Mary Poppins
  • Saturday Night Fever – 70s fancy dress outfits
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • West Side Story – 50s costumes
  • My Fair Lady
  • Oklahoma
  • Hairspray – 60′s time again!
  • 7 Brides for 7 Brothers

It was on this day in 1945 that the musical Carousel first opened in New York. Even if you are not familiar with the show (which is not as well known as, say, The Sound of Music), the title gives a bit of a clue that it might be based around a fairground. That said, there is one element of Carousel that makes it special to many, even if they are unaware of its origins – the song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, now adopted as a football anthem. From the 8th June-1st July it will be the turn of Euro 2012 to be dominating the sporting headlines (with a side order of the 70 day continuing tour of the Olympic flame which starts 19th May and finishes at the Olympic Stadium on 27th July)).

Here at Props & Frocks you know we do costumes, but do you also know we have a fantastic selection of red, white and blue merchandise?  Whether you are looking for wigs, flags, accessories or even full costumes for any 2012 sporting event or perhaps going all patriotic next Monday for St George’s Day, check out our fantastic selection of products.

Musical Icons

Musical Icons is today’s fancy dress theme. This costume theme does give a broad range of costumes, you could evenMusical icons fancy dress ideas look at West End shows to get your costume inspiration from.

Musical Icons Costume ideas:

  • Lady Gaga
  • Cheryl Cole
  • Amy Whinehouse
  • Elvis
  • Spice Girls
  • Madonna – Vogue & Like A Prayer are great videos
  • Adam Ant – wear a New Romantic costume or a Dick Turpin style costume for Stand & Deliver
  • Noddy Holder
  • Freddy Mercury
  • Boy George
  • Kiss
  • Michael Jackson – think Thriller, think Zombie costumes
  • Meatloaf
  • The Bangles – think video, Walk Like An Egyptian (Belly Dancer or Egyptian costumes)
  • Abba Costumes
  • Rocky Horror Costumes, we stock all the 4 licensed costumes
  • Grease Costumes, we stock all the licensed costumes for this fabulous show
  • Chicargo – we stock a great range of ladies 20s costumes
  • Phantom Of the Opera – an easy costume to put together – just purchase a Phantom mask and add a black cape over a dinner suit.
  • Pavarotti – wear a dinner, or tail suit and add a bit of padding
  • Judy Garland – look at our Wizard Of Oz costumes

Choose a musical artist from the last 6 decades…

  • 1950s – Buddy Holly
  • 1960s – The Beatles
  • 1970s – David Bowie
  • 1980s – Duran Duran
  • 1990s – The Spice Girls
  • The Noughties – Christina Aguilara

And, here are just some more of our fabulous pop star costume ideas:

  • Katy Perry – blue wig
  • Bucks Fizz – this costume set is only to hire
  • Tina Turner
  • Gerri Halliwell
  • Sid Vicious - punk costumes & accessories
  • Madness – wear black suits, Pork Pie hats and dark glasses (don’t forget the white socks!)

 

A day of mixed musical styles today, as we celebrate the anniversaries of three musicians, each leaders in their field. Henry Mancini (born 1924) was a renowned composer and conductor, probably best known for his ‘easy listening’ music and film themes such as ‘The Pink Panther’ and the award winning ‘Moonriver’ from ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’. The singer Bobby Vinton (born 1936) was a master of the romantic song in the 1960s and on into the 1970s. ‘Roses Are Red’ and ‘Sealed With a Kiss’ were major hits for him and David Lynch is said to have named his film ‘Blue Velvet’ after Vinton’s song of the same name. Possibly our most famous star of the day, though, is Dusty Springfield (born in 1939 as Mary O’Brien). Her work as a respected singer and solo artist who helped develop ‘white soul’ music in this country influenced many singers, most recently Adele. She was also amongst the first to adopt a trademark ‘look’ – heavy eye-make-up and beehive hairdo – which, of course, was echoed in the persona adopted by the late lamented Amy Winehouse. Definitely a day to celebrate musical icons.

 

‘Musical Of The Film’ Costume Theme

From time to time we have declared a ‘Musicals’ fancy dress theme in celebration of some anniversary or other. Today we note the arrival ofWizard of Oz Fancy Dress Outfits another of the new genre of the ‘Musical of the Film’ as ‘Ghost, the Musical’ opens in London, following a pre-West End tour.

It is twenty-one years since the original film (makes me feel very old), which not only helped launch the career of Demi Moore, but also gave ‘Unchained Melody’ another run in the charts and demonstrated the sexier side of pottery-making! Some people find the whole concept of musicals – people suddenly breaking off what they are doing or saying to burst into song and then taking about twice as long to make their point (or making the same point several times) – a little odd, but they are undoubtedly popular. This new variation on the theme seems no exception, as witnessed by the success of Sister Act and the ‘revamped’ Wizard of Oz.

Having said that, given that we also take a professional interest in ‘am-dram’ and festival fringe-style events, we have also seen a few musical disasters in our time, notably a version of Stephen King’s Carrie (with an all-male cast) at the Edinburgh Fringe. Still, it takes all sorts and, as the great humourist Michael Green once said “All productions are a triumph in hindsight”.

Okay, so here we have a list of some of the Musicals that have derived from a film, let us know if you can think of any more….

  • Grease – we stock a great range of Grease Costumes
  • Fame – a time to get your leg warmers out again
  • Shrek – this production gives you a huge range of cartoon character costumes to choose from
  • Sister Act – a nun outfit – couldn’t be easier
  • Sound of Music
  • Wizard of Oz – check out our range of Wizard of Oz costumes
  • The Lion King – wear an animal mask
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Oliver – Victorian costumes
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Annie
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Billy Elliot
  • Doctor Dolittle
  • Phantom of The Opera
  • The King and I
  • Mary Poppins
  • Saturday Night Fever – 70s fancy dress outfits
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • West Side Story – 50s costumes
  • My Fair Lady
  • Oklahoma