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SONG AND DANCE MAN: For the past year, Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, has been occupied with a second job: designing the costumes for the upcoming Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises.” With no formal training in the craft, the editor has created about 150 costumes — all custom-made — for the splashy musical starring Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes.
“I did a ton of research — I’ve been buried in the Condé Nast library and also watching a lot of old ‘Twilight Zone’ and ‘Dick Van Dyke,’” said Pask of gleaning the looks for the Sixties-era show, based on the classic Billy Wilder film “The Apartment.” “We wanted to make this a chic show, but grounded in reality.” With the show’s Neil Simon-penned book revolving around a cast of philandering insurance company executives, the “Promises, Promises” guys sport “Mad Men”-esque slim suits, and the women don pencil skirts and party frocks in jewel tones. “It’s such an elegant period,” noted Pask, highlighting a holiday office party scene — and the memorable “Turkey Lurkey” number by Burt Bacharach — as a sartorial high point in the production.
Director Rob Ashford tapped Pask for the costume designer role following a serendipitous run-in on the street. But Pask isn’t a total novice to the theater: he’s previously designed costumes for a Broadway revival of Noël Coward’s “Design For Living” and a Williamstown, Mass., production of Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter,” both in 2001. The latter show was in collaboration with his identical twin brother, Scott Pask, a veteran set designer who has won two Tony awards for his Broadway work.
Among the producers of “Promises, Promises” are Candy Spelling and The Weinstein Co. Previews for the show kick off March 27, with the official opening on April 25.
— David Lipke