Sunday, October 25, 2009

What Not To Wear To The Theater

Clinton Kelly's first of Seven Cardinal Rules for Broadway, Off-Broadway, the opera, the ballet, and touring groups:

"Wear something nice. Your fellow theatergoers are paying for the entire experience, which includes being surrounded by fabulous people "

Clinton Kelly, Freakin' Fabulous, page 103

Dedicated to the two otherwise nice ladies in ratty pink and purple velour sweats who sat two rows to the left of me this afternoon at the Bye Bye Birdie show.
John Stamos was awesome.

Image by Elaine Anagnos, Painter of Cats and People.


  1. Amen to that! I have been to concerts and even the opera where people came in jeans and plaid and smuggled in boxes of pizza. Is it really that much trouble to dress up these days?

  2. I had the great pleasure of seeing the movie version at a big theater in Glendale, a pristine print and an interview with one of the youthful dancers, now elderly but shockingly spry.

    I admit that I wore jeans to my last Bway show, but we waited in line for about 6 hours for stand-by tickets. I did not however bring in takeout.

  3. I don't get to dress up nearly enough in my daily life, so going to a show (a rare treat!) certainly inspires me to pull out the best dress I own. I think I owe dressing nicely to the performers, to fellow audience members, and to myself and my companion(s) as well.

    I actually thought, from the post title, that this one might be about what perfume to wear to a show! Please, I beg everyone, please don't wear something with big sillage to the theater...

  4. Oh dear, how funny. Pizza! I just sent this article to my mother in law and daughter. One of their greatest pleasures is attending the theater together- ballet, opera etc. They feel the WHOLE POINT is that they can dress up! There are so few opportunities to actually "Dress" these days, we now relish those times.

    One of the reasons I love Mad Men is to watch them dress up simply to leave the house.


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