Garett Hawe (a standout of Broadway's Newsies, Mary Poppins, & Matilda) is captivating dancing Justin Peck's incredible, Tony-nominated choreography in the 11-time Tony-nominated revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel. Garett catches the audiences' eye in a variety of roles throughout the night, from a balloon-selling clown to smart, young gentleman Enoch Snow Jr. Scroll on as Garett introduces BroadwayBox to each of his Carousel characters and shares a bit about the fantastic, detailed, Tony-nominated Ann Roth costumes they wear.
One of my favorite things about being in this production of Carousel is the wide array of characters I get to portray. Incredibly detailed and meticulously thought out, Ann Roth’s Tony-nominated costumes inform a lot about each character. When I put any of these costumes on, I immediately feel transported into the time period and setting of the play. Take a look!
I present to you, Ginkgo the clown! I wear this during “The Prologue”, so it’s the first costume that audiences see me in. When we first started rehearsals, I thought I was just going to be your regular Balloon seller. But then I had my fitting with the genius that is Ann Roth, and a whole new character was presented to me. I took that and ran with it! I think I probably have too much fun in this costume. When else would I ever get to wear something like this!?
Here is my sailor costume which actually, is underdressed under my clown outfit. I wear this for the big Carousel moment in the prologue, as well as during our show-stopping dance number, “Blow High, Blow Low.” We sweat A LOT in that number, so I’m grateful for the sleeveless vest. Friends who know me know I love a good workout at Barry’s Bootcamp, so I lovingly named my sailor Barry BOATcamp.
Here we have Tommy, the townsperson! It’s probably the most comfortable costume I wear in the show and it might be my favorite too. I just love all the different fabrics and textures. I wear this for “June is Busting Out All Over” as well as the Clambake in Act 2. I’m thinking of stealing the belt and corduroys for myself.
Enoch Snow Jr.
I play Enoch Snow Jr. in the second act and I gotta say, I feel pretty lucky having Alexander Gemignani and Lindsay Mendez as my onstage parents! This may look like your average three-piece navy suit, but what’s incredible is that everything under the jacket is actually a one-piece jumpsuit! I have about 25 seconds to get into this costume, so the fact that it just zips up the back makes all the difference! Fun fact, I was homeschooled my last two years of high school so I never actually got to attend a real graduation ceremony. Now I get to graduate high school 8 times a week on Broadway! Thank goodness for moisturizer.
Don’t miss Garett Hawe in Carousel at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre.