If you've already traveled to Halloween parties by bubble as Glinda and sung high E's as Christine Daae, it's time to consider a hot new Broadway costume. This year, Broadway.com decided to go straight to the stars of some of your favorite shows for detailed guidance in creating the eye-catching outfits they wear on stage. Below, Ashley Spencer reveals her tips to create a totally awesome '80s look, just like small-town girl Sherrie in the hit jukebox musical Rock of Ages.
Why would Sherrie make a good Halloween costume?
You get to be an awesome '80s glam rock chick!
Please list three essential elements to create the costume, and tell us why each of the three things is important.
1. A miniskirt! It can either be stonewashed denim, suede or leather. Miniskirts are a big part of Sherrie's wardrobe throughout the entire show.
2. Hair was a huge fashion statement in the '80s, so tease it up high and flip it out to get that feathered Farrah Fawcett look.
3. Accessorize! Sherrie would never leave the house without them. Dress it up with a leather wrist cuff, some gold fringe dangle earrings, a fashionable chain belt to go over your miniskirt and you're ready to rock!
What's the key behavior or attitude needed to be believable as Sherrie?
Sherrie is a wide eyed and ambitious Midwestern rock chick. Channel your love for '80s rock, let loose and have fun!
What was your favorite Halloween costume as a child?
It's a toss up between Rainbow Brite and a southern belle. My mom made all of my Halloween costumes when I was a kid, and they were always so detailed and awesome! She made me a hoop skirt for my southern belle costume and I remember feeling just like Scarlett O'Hara.
What's your best or worst Halloween memory?
My fondest memory of Halloween is our traditional neighborhood bonfire after trick-or-treating. It was at our house every year, and we would cook hot dogs over the fire, roast marshmallows to make s'mores and check out all of the goodies we got from trick-or-treating.
What will your costume be this year?
I don't know if Jeremy [Jordan, Spencer's new husband] and I are dressing up this year, but our pup Riley is going to be a pumpkin!