Bobby Pearce (designer)
February 15, 1961 |
Miami, Florida, United States
The Marvelous Wonderettes
The Big Gay Sketch Show
The Rosie O'Donnell Show
|Notable awards||2004 Tony Award (nomination)|
Early life and education
He began his career in show business as a performer specialized in musical comedy but is also a classically trained mime and studied with Marcel Marceau.
Bobby Pearce was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Costume Design and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Costume Design for the 2003 production of Taboo starring Boy George. He also designed; Sign, Sealed, Delivered at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, the award-winning production of The Syringa Tree (New York and London), the National Tour of Tommy, three gowns for Liza Minnelli's appearance in Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, (Halloween 1999-2001) and Broadway's Betrayal starring Juliette Binoche (Associate Costume Designer). In addition he designed the films Let It Snow starring Bernadette Peters and The Big Gay Musical. Pearce also designed Chita Rivera's concert tour Chita, And All That Jazz and Off-Broadway's Behind the Beat starring Vicki Sue Robinson.
Pearce designed the wigs and costumes for the long running Off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes which has numerous regional productions. His work has often received critical acclaim, The Washington Post commented that his costume design for L'incoronazione di Poppea at Wolf Trap Opera "makes references to the Italy of Caesar and the Italy of Versace but keeps them in a state of suspended animation. Poppea has clearly enjoyed the ministrations of a 20th century couturier. (Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post) 
For Mark Dendy's Altogether Different at the Joyce Theater in New York, his costumes were called "enjoyably splashy and sexy" (The New York Times),  "excellent costumes" (The Village Voice) and "a smashing revue parade of 13 separate numbers, all stylishly costumed by Bobby Pearce" (Clive Barnes, The New York Post).
Reviews for Taboo include; "What the show does have and could not exist without - is a great sense of style - on top of this come nonstop outlandish, freaky and beautiful costumes" (New York Newsday), and "flagrantly stylish, outrageously sexy ... sit back and watch the fashion show" (Ben Brantley, The New York Times).
Pearce also designs the costumes for world champion American ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani as well as outfits for personal appearances and club acts of numerous celebrities including Bea Arthur, Petula Clark, Bebe Neuwirth, Faith Prince, Larry Gatlin, Martin Short, Madeline Kahn, Elizabeth Ashley, Cyd Charisse, Glenn Close, Sheena Easton, Leslie Uggams, Laurie Beechman and Tracey Ullman. He has designed over 30 gowns for Marla Maples, many of which have been featured in numerous magazines. His favorite "Diva" to date was the late Gwen Verdon for whom he designed over a dozen gowns. Pearce also designed the costumes for The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo TV, which began its third season in 2010.
Pearce has a longtime association with Rosie O'Donnell. He has been featured in the magazine "Rosie" and has made over a dozen appearances on The Rosie O'Donnell Show doing crafts and singing songs with O'Donnell. He appears as a regular on Rosie Radio (O'Donnell's daily morning radio show) on Sirius and XM Radio.
Awards and nominations
- 2004 Tony Award Nomination for Best Costume Design – Taboo
- 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination for Outstanding Costume Design – Taboo
- 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Outstanding Costume Design - The Chaos Theories
- Willis, John (2006). Theatre World, 2003-2004, Volume 60. Applause Theatre Book Publishers. ISBN 978-1-55783-651-9.
- "The Syringa Tree". Syringa Tree.com. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
- Willis, John (2002). Screen World, Volume 53: 2002. Applause Books. ISBN 978-1-55783-599-4.
- Willis, John (2002). Theatre World, Volume 55 1989-1999. Applause Books. ISBN 978-1-55783-433-1.
- playbill article, Kenneth Jones, November 6, 2009, "Marvelous Wonderettes Will Exit NYC in January; Wide Regional Life Begins" Retrieved 01-2-2010
- Philip Kennicott (July 24, 2000). "The Italy of Caesar; Nero and Versace, Too". THE WASHINGTON POST. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
makes references to the Italy of Caesar and the Italy of Versace but keeps them in a state of suspended animation. Poppea has clearly enjoyed the ministrations of a 20th century couturier
- Jennifer Dunning (January 13, 2001). "TEENAGE PICKUP GAMBITS, ALL TO THE TUNES OF THE 70'S". The New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
Bobby Pearce designed the enjoyably splashy, sexy costumes.
- Deborah Jowitt (January 23, 2001). "THREE GUYS". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
Ochoa and backup dancers Anderson, Bish, and Lawrence Keigwin do a club act to Ike and Tina Turner's version of "Proud Mary," wearing longish skirts of black leather strips that twitch and swirl over their bare buttocks (the excellent costumes are by Bobby Pearce).
- Clive Barnes (January 12, 2001). "DIFFERENT STROKES FOR MODERN FOLKS". New York Post. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
The dancers are brilliant and the evening said to deal with “a teenage boy’s need to claim an independent identity” – although you are free to take that with a dramatic pinch of salt – is a smashing revue parade of 13 separate numbers, all stylishly costumed by Bobby Pearce, and cleverly lit by Dale Knoth.
- Linda Winer (November 14, 2003). "A Sweet Dose of Androgyny". Newsday. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
What the show does have - and could not exist without - is a great sense of style. On top of this come nonstop outlandish, freaky and beautiful costumes
- Ben Brantley (November 14, 2003). "Flagrantly Stylish, Outrageously Sexy". The New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
Flagrantly Stylish, Outrageously Sexy … sit back and watch the fashion show
- "The Big Gay Sketch Show". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
- "Rosie Radio". XM Radio. Retrieved 2010-01-02.