A denotes Kaufman’s inclusion in the production’s Playbill ® or program guide.
For over 60 years, Kaufman’s Army & Navy has supplied many of
Broadway’s most famous productions as well as 100′s of Off-Broadway,
Off-Off Broadway, Regional theatre and College productions Nationwide
with military uniforms, uniform accessories and Hard-to-Find items!
Kaufman’s supplies Hedwig and the Angry Inch with an extensive selection of military camouflage uniforms, all of which are literally ‘cut to pieces’ to construct the elaborate costume in the show’s Opening Scene. The completed garment is divided vertically down the middle and features reproduction German Army WWII patterns on one side and an assortment of original U.S. Army patterns on the other! Kaufman’s also supplies the Schott ® woman’s leather motorcycle jacket worn by Lena Hall who plays Yitzhak as well as used black leather military-style Corcoran® combat boots.
Kaufman’s supplies the National Tour of Motown with the same olive green Vietnam War jungle fatigues and security guard uniforms we supplied for the original Broadway production. Included are six-pocket jungle pants and four-pocket jungle shirts, olive tee shirts, web belts, M1 helmet liners with original Vietnam Issue reversible camouflage helmet covers, custom embroidered nametapes as well as white security guard dress shirts, navy blue security trousers with trouser braid, leather garrison belts and leather duty belts and other related leather accessories.
Who knew? As we recently learned, apparently, during the 1880’s in Paris, France, all the police and firemen wore white cotton dress gloves on a daily basis. Kaufman’s supplies dozens of pairs every few months to the Phantom of the Opera for this very purpose!
Kaufman’s supplies Bullets Over Broadway with black uniform dress ties, U.S. Navy WWII issue khaki officer’s overseas caps and historical research outlining the correct insignia for the British Army officer’s uniform and cap.
Kaufman’s supplies John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men with old-fashioned Army style one quart aluminum canteens.
When the Wardrobe Department of Rocky The Musical requires a specific Schott ® black leather peacoat in a particular size for the ‘Loan Shark’s’ goon enforcer to wear for a week-end Preview performance the following night and they can’t procure it in time, Kaufman’s facilitates its timely delivery! Kaufman’s also supplies the show with black uniform dress ties and black military-style patrol caps.
Kaufman’s supplies the revival of Cabaret with a brand new original U.S. Navy Regulation officer’s ‘bridgecoat’. The heavy weight, full length, double breasted, black wool outer garment is subsequently converted into a German Customs official’s overcoat once all of its shiny brass American eagle and anchor buttons are removed!
Kaufman’s supplies Big Fish with a number of exceptionally scarce original WWII period Swiss Army issue ‘salt and pepper’ canvas and leather backpacks.
Kaufman’s supplies Motown with U.S. Army Vietnam War style olive green field uniforms. Each ensemble includes a jungle jacket with two angled top pockets, custom embroidered nametapes, shoulder sleeve insignia, six pocket jungle pants, tee shirt, web belt, jungle boots, boot socks, a period helmet liner with an original Vietnam issue reversible helmet cover and an elastic helmet band. Kaufman’s also supplies the Security Guard uniforms and uniform accessories.
Kaufman’s supplies the Costume Department of Cinderella with an elaborate British Army officer’s turn-of-the-century full dress gold bullion aiguillette from the Kaufman Military Uniform Reference Collection that’s used as design inspiration for the Prince’s elaborate uniform.
Kaufman’s supplies vintage leather wrist bands to Kinky Boots.
Kaufman’s supplies the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center with original military issue white cotton twill button-front sailor pants for its production of Billy Budd.
Just hours before the curtain rises for an evening’s performance of Nice Work if You Can Get It, Kaufman’s receives an urgent ‘Stand-In’ request for two pairs of exceedingly scarce original U.S. Navy 13-button navy blue Melton wool sailor bell bottoms in almost impossible-to-find small sizes. Kaufman’s supplies the bells in the required sizes and the show goes on!
Kaufman’s supplies the revival of Evita with U.S. Marine Corps solid brass rectangular belt plates and an original WWI period Swiss Army steel helmet, which serves as a prototype for the manufacture of faux helmets designed to be worn by the Palace Guards. Kaufman’s also supplies a period military issue olive canvas covered stretcher.
Kaufman’s supplies the newly inaugurated National tour of War Horse with olive green army style wool blankets, which are used to carefully wrap and help protect the delicate and intricately hand-made horse puppets after each performance.
Kaufman’s supplies a regulation police style eight-pointed navy blue visor cap to Flashdance!
Kaufman’s supplies a last-minute request from the revival of Annie for an overnight special order of white dress gloves with dotted palms to enable ‘the Butler’ to firmly grip a ladder on stage by the next evening’s performance.
Kaufman’s supplies the Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon with an array of military surplus items including: original new and used U.S. Army Woodland pattern camouflage BDU ‘Battle Dress Uniform’ shirts, Vietnam War issue canvas pistol belts and belt pouches and custom-mounted military medals and assorted uniform accessories as worn by ‘The General’. Also supplied are military-style khaki bush hats, which are meticulously hand-painted to match the Woodland camouflage shirts! Less than a year later the production has become a sensation, and Kaufman’s supplies the National Tour that first opens in Chicago, then to London and back across America!
Kaufman’s supplies an officer’s nautical white visor cap and hundreds of pairs of white cotton dress gloves and white sailor caps to the revival of Anything Goes. One year later, Kaufman’s supplies the National Tour with many of these same military accessories.
Kaufman’s supplies Spider-man Turn Off The Dark with over 100 pair of black military-style jungle boots as worn by the armed force of Viper Worldwide and original U.S. Army Korean War period officer’s olive drab wool dress ties and current issue Russian Federation cap badges for the officer’s hats.
Kaufman’s supplies American Idiot with dozens of original sets of U.S. Army Desert Combat Uniforms (DCU). Each set includes a DCU shirt, DCU trouser, brown cotton tee, black web belt with a black open-face buckle and sand color military-style desert boots. One year later, Kaufman’s duplicates the entire Broadway order for the National Tour.
Kaufman’s supplies Fences with a complete Regulation U.S. Marine Corps enlisted man’s Dress Blue uniform as worn by Denzel Washington, who wins the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance. The uniform ensemble includes: a black tunic with red trim, royal blue trousers, high shine dress shoes, white visor cap and all the proper insignia.
Kaufman’s receives Special Thanks from Promises, Promises for supplying the historical uniform research used to custom tailor two period sets of U.S. Navy ‘Crackerjack’ enlisted winter wool uniforms designed for a quick change and worn during the hilarious bar scene. The Regulation (original issue) U.S. Navy uniform ensemble, rented/supplied from the Kaufman Military Uniform Reference Collection, includes: a period navy blue Melton wool sailor blouse, classic 13-button Melton wool bell bottoms, white sailor cap, black sailor tie and and a variety of different ‘rates’, the red, white and blue embroidered insignia that’s worn on the left sleeve of a sailor’s uniform to denote his or her rank and specialty.
The dance numbers in FELA!, based on the true story of Fela Kuti, the famous Nigerian musician turned political activist, are so incredibly intense that two actors are required to play the lead! Kaufman’s supplies identical military green dress coats and visor caps for both leading actors.
Kaufman’s supplies the original production of The Addams Family with a U.S. Army Vietnam Issue canvas pistol belt and canvas combat suspender. Both items are subsequently painted stark white by the Wardrobe Department and worn by Gomez’s ancestor, an American soldier killed in combat during WWI, who is now a ghost!
The revival of HAIR returns to Broadway and Kaufman’s duplicates all the Vietnam War uniforms and accessories we supplied to the Shakespeare in the Park production the previous summer. The uniforms include: ‘Tiger Stripe’ camouflage pattern jungle jackets, olive green jungle boots, olive helmet liners, ‘Dog Tags’ and U.S. Army Regulation Class A uniforms and insignia.
QUESTION: Do giraffes actually wear khaki cotton crew socks? They certainly do on Broadway at Disney’s The Lion King, and Kaufman’s supplies dozens of pairs!
Kaufman’s supplies traditional black leather garrison belts worn in Memphis! during the production’s intense dance numbers.
Kaufman’s supplies original U.S. Navy military surplus uniforms as props for the revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center. These items include: classic cotton denim classic cotton denim sailor bell bottoms, light blue chambray shirts, an assortment of canvas backpacks and a genuine WWII issue khaki canvas pistol belt, as worn by Marine Corps Lieutenant Cable in the production’s opening scene.
Kaufman’s supplies the single military-style medal worn by Prince Eric and the beautifully constructed silver bullion citation cords worn by the King’s Guards below the sea in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Kaufman’s supplies dozens of Belgian Army WWII issue gas masks for Cry-Baby.
Kaufman’s supplies the revival of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas with dozens of sets of historically-accurate reproduction U.S. Army WWII olive drab ‘HBT’ combat uniforms and caps as well as Army officer dress coats, Eisenhower jackets, trousers, boots and all the appropriate insignia as worn by the production’s leading characters.
Kaufman’s supplies an Italian Army olive green surplus jacket as worn by Billy’s brother and assorted outerwear for members of the chorus in Billy Elliot the Musical.
Kaufman’s supplies olive drab wool military blankets and an assortment of surplus canvas bags as props for Journey’s End, which depicts the British Army in the trenches during WWI.
Kaufman’s supplies Regulation U.S. Marine Corps dress green uniforms and insignia to Frost/Nixon.
Kaufman’s supplies the hilarious production of The Ritz with dozens of pairs of white cotton dre
Kaufman’s supplies the revival of Gypsy at City Center starring Patti LuPone with an assortment of military style visor caps.
Kaufman’s supplies a revival of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial with a period Regulation U.S. Navy enlisted man’s navy blue wool sailor middy from the Kaufman Military Uniform Reference Collection, that the Costume Department reproduces for a quick change; classic 13-button navy blue Melton wool sailor bell-bottoms and period WWII insignia.
Kaufman’s supplies Disney’s Mary Poppins with the military ribbons worn by ‘Admiral Boom’, old fashioned one-piece long underwear and two-piece American eagle brass belt plates and custom ordered black leather belts as worn by the City Park Constable.
Kaufman’s supplies Grey Gardens with an assortment of brass colored military buttons for the butler’s uniform.
Kaufman’s supplies German Army backpacks and military shoulder bags for The Lieutenant of Inishmore as well as the heavy-duty black work coveralls worn by the stage crew while they clean up the bloody mess that remains after each performance!
Kaufman’s supplies Disney’s Tarzan with khaki colored backpacks, shoulder bags and the mini olive ‘jungle green’ army style flashlights used by the theater’s ushers to seat their guests.
Kaufman’s supplies a variety of olive drab wool army blankets for the British hit The History Boys and black work coveralls for its stage crew.
Kaufman’s supplies black leather combat boots and uniform accessories to The Wedding Singer.
Kaufman’s supplies Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with ‘Grandfather’s’ British Army style Kitchener (tall high crown) khaki pith helmet, military ribbons and original WWII corporal chevrons as well as ‘The Spies’ unusual German Army black rubber ‘swimming’ goggles!
Kaufman’s supplies the U.S. Army ‘Class A’ green dress coats in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Shhhhh… The classic navy blue and white striped sailor shirts worn during the French dance number in Monty Python’s Spamalot are actually original Russian Navy sailor shirts instead, supplied from Kaufman’s!
When the Prop Masters for the revival of Sweeney Todd require genuine British ‘Bobby’ police whistles and they can’t find any anywhere, Kaufman’s is relied upon to supply them by Opening Night, and we do!
Kaufman’s supplies the elaborate revival of Mister Roberts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with an extensive array of U.S. Navy Regulation uniforms and uniform accessories over 50 years after we supplied the original production on Broadway!
Kaufman’s supplies traditional U.S. Navy military issue black leather dress shoes for both Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the revival of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.
Kaufman’s supplies The Mambo Kings with a complete period U.S. Navy enlisted man’s sailor uniform consisting of a navy blue Melton wool sailor middy top and 13-button bell bottoms, black tie, sailor cap and leather oxford dress shoes. Sadly, the production never opens, but the uniform itself looks terrific!
When called upon by the Costume Department of Fiddler on the Roof to supply an impossible-to-find Imperial Russian Police belt plate of the type worn in the 1890’s, Kaufman’s furnishes a current issue Russian Federation Army officer’s cap device that curiously features the exact same double-headed eagle motif used during the time of the Czar, and which happens to fit perfectly onto a U.S. Marine Corps enlisted rectangular brass belt plate- and voila!
The Wizard of Oz himself wears a pair of original 1950’s period Swiss Army goggles and ‘the chauffer’ wears a pair of World War II period European military goggles in Wicked on Broadway, the National Tour and in the latest English production, all supplied by Kaufman’s!
Kaufman’s supplies Wonderful Town with U.S. Navy Regulation admiral shoulder boards.
Kaufman’s supplies Urinetown with police style uniform accessories.
Kaufman’s supplies Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out with all of its U.S. Marine Corps Dress Blues and Woodland camouflage utility uniforms for both Broadway and the National Tour.
Kaufman’s supplies the sky blue police style shirts and black uniform dress shoes in Hairspray.
All the white U.S. Navy Regulation sailor caps worn in the revival of 42nd Street are supplied by Kaufman’s (on 42nd Street), appropriately enough!
Kaufman’s supplies The Producers on Broadway and the National Tour with black leather Sam Browne belts and military uniform accessories.
Kaufman’s supplies the military style baggy khaki color ‘wind pants’ worn by Jesus in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Kaufman’s supplies dozens and dozens of ‘old-fashioned’ natural color three-button Henley undershirts for the entire orchestra of The Music Man.
Kaufman’s supplies the navy blue security hats and silver security hat badges worn in The Full Monty.
Kaufman’s supplies dozens of WWII military uniform accessories for the spectacular dance numbers in Swing! Among these are genuine U.S. Navy ‘pancake’ navy blue wool sailor caps, the same model that inspired Walt Disney when he designed the cap worn by Donald Duck!
Kaufman’s supplies U.S. Army military uniform accessories for Kiss Me, Kate.
Kaufman’s supplies (almost) impossible-to-find obsolete brass belt hooks used to support the leather accouterments worn by both the Union and Confederate soldiers in The Civil War.
Kaufman’s supplies all the German Army and Hitler Youth uniforms in the major revival of The Sound of Music at Lincoln Center.
Kaufman’s supplies the black military style M65 field jackets worn in Wait Until Dark.
Kaufman’s supplies old-fashioned three-button cotton Henley undershirts to Ragtime.
From its very first Broadway performance, all the hyenas in Disney’s The Lion King wear military style Corcoran brand black leather side-zipper combat boots supplied by Kaufman’s. Over the years, Kaufman’s has outfitted the hyenas in the Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles National Tours as well!
‘Mr. Kaufman’ is called on by the Costume Department of Titanic to supply historical research that documents the White Star Line uniforms as worn by the ship’s officers aboard the RMS Titanic. In addition, Kaufman’s supplies British military wool sweaters, U.S. Navy classic button-front navy blue wool bell bottoms and black leather steel toe boots for the crew members to wear aboard the theatrical ship.
Kaufman’s supplies dozens of beautifully tailored historically-accurate Confederate Army uniforms for the elaborate production of Gone With the Wind in Tokyo, Japan! Fond memories still linger of the dashing grey waist-length officer’s shell jacket with the gold bullion ‘chicken guts’ embroidery along the sleeves for Major Ashley Wilkes’ character, the variety of uniforms designed for the wounded lying about in the Atlanta Railroad Station scene, and finally, the inclusion of Kaufman’s Army & Navy in the CREDITS section of the full color program guide for supplying the military costumes are the only words printed in English within the entire booklet as everything else is printed in Japanese!
Kaufman’s supplies Showboat with a wide variety of old-fashioned underwear, Henley style undershirts and one-piece natural color cotton ‘Union suits’.
Kaufman’s supplies Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with dozens of genuine U.S. Army brown military issue soft cotton tee shirts as the undergarment for the Beast!
All the British Army and German Army WWII uniforms and helmets worn in The Who’s Tommy are supplied by Kaufman’s.
Suzy Benzinger, the Costume Designer for Miss Saigon on Broadway, selects Kaufman’s to outfit the long anticipated New York City production, which first opened in London in 1989. Suzy’s decision to use genuine U.S. Marine Corps uniforms and original Vietnam War period military surplus wherever possible sets the right course. The number of uniforms and props supplied for the actors playing the Marine Guards stationed at the American Embassy in Saigon during Miss Saigon’s incredible ten-year run is enormous: over one hundred complete sets of olive fatigue uniforms consisting of shirts, trousers, belts, tee shirts, underwear, ‘dog-tags’, utility caps, jungle boots and regulation insignia as well as dozens of sets of M1956 military issue combat equipment, which includes: canvas pistol belts, canteens and covers, bayonets and scabbards, ammunition pouches with dummy grenades, genuine period U.S.M.C. flak vests and steel helmet sets with Vietnam issue reversible camouflage helmet covers! Even the olive green nylon herringbone-weave flight coverall worn by the pilot during the memorable helicopter scene is original U.S.M.C. Vietnam issue! Also supplied are 50 N.V.A. (North Vietnamese Army) green pith helmets with gold and red star insignia. While the show continues to play on Broadway, entirely separate National Tours open concurrently across the United States- first in Boston, then Chicago and finally Los Angeles. Kaufman’s supplies the military uniforms for each production.
Kaufman’s supplies The Secret Garden with British Army style Kitchener tall high crown khaki pith helmets and brown colored Sam Browne belts with across-the-chest shoulder straps.
Kaufman’s supplies original Levi’s 501 ® button-fly jeans for Keith Carradine, who stars as Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies.
Kaufman’s supplies Regulation U.S. Marine Corps woodland camouflage utility uniforms for A Few Good Men.
Kaufman’s supplies U.S. Navy Regulation white sailor caps, white sailor jumpers and black ties for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.
Kaufman’s supplies Grand Hotel with original Spanish Army Franco period black leather belts with elaborately stamped brass buckles.
The elaborate revival of Lincoln Center’s South Pacific is duplicated in London and Kaufman’s supplies the entire production. Once again, an enormous number of uniforms are assembled, but this time everything journeys ‘Across the Pond’… In addition to the original requirements for the New York City production, fifty all-cotton 48-star American Flags are specially constructed and their beautiful bold presence brightens up the magnificent stage!
Lincoln Center’s revival of South Pacific is HUGE and becomes the largest theatrical production Kaufman’s supplies up until that time! Two entirely separate choruses- the women from the U.S. Navy Nurses Corps and the men from the U.S. Navy Seabees both require full period ensembles on extremely short notice. Kaufman’s supplies all the hundreds of uniforms and uniform accessories complete and on schedule! The Seabee uniforms include: Regulation denim bell bottoms, chambray shirts, white sailor caps, tee shirts, insignia, boots, shoes, belts, ‘dog-tags’, packs and complete helmet sets. Meanwhile, the women’s nurse’s uniforms proved to be much more problematic! We can still recall our exhaustive Nationwide search for original women’s military issue U.S. Navy khaki uniforms in 100% cotton, which as we quickly discover, no longer exist anywhere. So a real coup is scored when we surprisingly locate just the right number of used, but nice, U.S. Army WWII issue W.A.A.C. (Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps) cotton khaki skirts and blouses, which are virtually identical in appearance and happen to fit ‘Nellie’ and the other nurses perfectly fine! The show is a wonderful success!
Kaufman’s supplies all the white nautical uniforms and uniform accessories worn by the Captain, Officers and Crew in the revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes at Lincoln Center.
Kaufman’s supplies the original production of Les Miserables with dozens of black coveralls for use by its stage crew over the course of its successful reign on Broadway.
Kaufman’s supplies dozens of classic striped engineer caps to Starlight Express.
Kaufman’s supplies old-fashioned underwear to Big River.
Kaufman’s supplies U.S. Navy officer’s white visor caps for Me and My Girl.
Kaufman’s supplies the original production of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues with all of its U.S. Army WWII uniforms- which consists entirely of genuine U.S. Army WWII issue military surplus! Included are: olive drab cotton ‘HBT’ shirts and trousers, WWII dated button-front khaki-green boxer shorts, khaki-green tank tops and matching khaki-green socks! Biloxi Blues goes on to win the 1985 Tony Award for Best Play. As we learned later on, all of the original uniforms that we so painstakingly assembled ‘were lost’ during the show’s World Tour!
Che, the narrator in Evita modeled on Che Guevara, wears an olive green army jacket and a black military wool beret supplied by Kaufman’s.
Kaufman’s supplies Sugar Babies starring Mickey Rooney in his Broadway debut with red cotton ‘Union suits’, the classic old-fashioned one-piece long underwear.
The classic U.S. Army style olive green military fatigue pants worn in the original production of A Chorus Line are supplied by Kaufman’s during the entire run of the show.
The original Mister Roberts starring Henry Fonda in the starring role, marks the first show on Broadway that Kaufman’s supplies! For this world-renowned production, Kaufman’s furnishes genuine U.S. Navy WWII issue military surplus uniforms and uniform accessories.