It’s a Christmas miracle and a brand new episode this week as we sit down with Costume Designer Alejo Vietti AND a very special guest, Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller! Jessie is probably most known for having originated the role of Carole King in the Broadway production of “Beautiful”, and all her fabulous clothes came from the mind of this week’s guest. Listen in as Alejo and Jessie reminisce about their first meeting, what was going through their heads during fittings, how they worked together to develop the look of Carole, how the costumes evolved over the show’s journey to Broadway and tons of other stories, anecdotes, and backstage insight. Prepare for a one-of-a-kind chat that exemplifies how clothes inform a character, how an actor can inform the clothes, and how designer and performer can come together to create a winning collaboration. AND Alejo regales us with stories of designing costumes for the Rockets, how his Argentinian background played into his clothes for Evita, how he went from law school to costume designer and he and Cory geek out over their love of film scores. Cozy up to the fire and enjoy this holiday treat! Happy New Year!
Alejo Vietti’s Broadway designs include Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Allegiance (Drama Desk Nomination), and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (West End Olivier nomination, Japan, Australia and U.S. national tour). Off Broadway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Amy and the Orphans, The Dance of Death, Nightingale, Grace, Tryst, Old Jews Telling Jokes (Off-Broadway and Chicago), Rooms: A Rock Romance, Servicemen, and Make Me a Song. Regional Theater credits include: The U.S. Premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse, as well as the 2017 Japanese and German productions), the US premiere of The Witches of Eastwick, and numerous productions at Goodpseed Musicals: Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, among others. Operatic work includes: The Sound of Music (Chicago Lyric Opera), Séance on a Wet Afternoon starring Lauren Flanigan (New York City Opera and Opera Santa Barbara) as well as productions at Minnesota Opera and Wolf Trap Opera.
His other creative credits include designs for Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey’s Circus and Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes. Currently residing in New York City, this Argentinian born Designer is the proud recipient of the Theatre Development Fund’s Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.