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In a game of adjectival free-association, “Broadway musical” is likely to be quickly followed with yelps of “gaudy!” and “flamboyant!” Cheerfully profane since its beginnings, musical theater definitely received an extra jolt of splashiness with the costume designs of William Ivey Long. Over the past three decades, his costumes for musicals, including revivals of Cabaret and Guys & Dolls, have been consistently big on color and ostentation (and, come to think of it, generally just plain big), and have helped define the aesthetic of modern Broadway. With three Tonys already to his name, most recently for ubersmash The Producers, Long is a leading candidate to become the Edith Head of the Broadway stage. Recently involved with the musical adaptation of John Waters’ Hairspray, Long waxes sartorial at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $20. (202) 639-1700. (Mike DeBonis)