January 25, 2018, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community
College Department of Cultural Affairs invites the community to view the
exhibit, “Out on Broadway: A Visual Legacy”.
The exhibition, which has been curated by renowned designer James E.
Crochet, celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender experience in
theater and features, characters and costumes from some of Broadways most
The exhibition may be viewed from Thursday, January 25
through Friday, March 2 at the College’s Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C.
Hull Gallery in the HCCC Library at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City – just a block
away from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. It is open to the general public and there is
no charge for admission.
Among the items on display are
sketches, and accessories from award-winning costume designers such as Gregg
Barnes, Jess Goldstein, William Ivey Long, Bob Mackie, David Murin, Arianne
Phillips, and David Zinn to iconic LGBT characters in shows like Cabaret, The Boy from Oz, Follies,
Grey Gardens, Hairspray, Hedwig and the
Angry Inch, Kinky Boots, La Cage aux Follies, Mame,
The Producers, Rent, and
Attendees will be able to explore creations that have made Broadway
performances memorable experiences, and will be able to marvel at the famed
Chrysler Building gown alongside a view of the Chrysler Building from the
Gallery’s rooftop terrace.
productions such as La Cage aux Folles,
which won six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1983, ushered in a new era
on Broadway. No longer were gay and transgender characters relegated to bit
parts where they were presented as caricatures of commonly held stereotypes. The love between two men, the art of female
impersonation, and the glitz and glamour of Broadway costume design synthesized
in a financially and artistically successful venture. Groundbreaking issues
such as marriage equality, bathroom bill controversies, and the recent historic
election of transgendered politicians, have everyone seeing more and more LGBT
issues highlighted in shows, along with more acceptance of the LGBT community
and their long-standing contribution to the art form.
James E. Crochet has designed more than 50 productions – 13 operas including Le Nozze di Figaro, Roméo et Juliette, The Merry Widow, and The Tales of Hoffman;
and over 20 musicals, among them Les Miserables, The Full Monty, La Cage aux
Folles, and West Side Story. Among the stage and screen stars he has
designed for are Jefferson Mays, Hunter Foster, Andrea McArdle, Nancy Dussault,
Renée Taylor, Sally Struthers, and Rue McClanahan. A Hudson County resident and the owner of
Leading Lady Costumes, his previous exhibitions include: All That Glitters: Embroidering Character in Costume for Art House
Productions, and Extreme Silhouette and
Costuming the Great White Way for
Stagefest at the landmark Loews Theater in Jersey City. Mr. Crochet received
his degree in Theatrical Design with an emphasis in Costume Design and
Technology from the University of Northern Colorado. For more information about
his work, visit
Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery is open Monday – Saturday
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Gallery is closed Sundays and holidays.
More information may be obtained online at
by contacting HCCC Cultural Affairs Director Michelle Vitale at
or by phoning 201-360-4176.