BroadwayGlobal had just announced a new interactive website that shares video of 40 Broadway Theatres and their History. The website is www.spotlightonbroadway.com, but many of the historic costumes that graced those stages and award winning films are housed in sunny Florida. The video in this article gives a sneak peek on the Today Show, sharing the Wick family’s stunning 21 million dollar costume collection. “The Wick Costume Museum is a global must visually. Take a VIP guided walk down American Musical Theatre History, near Florida’s sunny beaches.” BroadwayGlobal.
The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum houses the flim and stage costume collection with an estimated value of $21 million dollars, adding one more global destination stop for “the fun in the sun arts destination.” This one of a kind theatrcial experience offers the only costume museum collection of this vaule. One hundred years of costume designer creativity come to life at the spectacular new home in Boca Raton, Florida. The Wick Theatre and Museum are also listed on Theatre Chat #1 VIP A to Z list.
Marilynn A. Wick and her daughter, Kimberly Wick open the Costume Museum at the Wick Theatre on November 15, 2013. This finishes the second phase of construction on the site of the former Caldwell Theatre Company. The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum houses a collection of original costumes from over 35 Broadway productions and revivals with an estimated value of more than 20 million dollars. The collection has been featured on The Today Show, in People magazine and was the subject of a spectacular photo essay in Vogue magazine by renowned photographer, Bruce Weber.
“For the past 38 years, I have had the privilege of collecting wardrobes from the most prestigious and successful Broadway productions in history,” said Founder and Executive Producer Marilynn A. Wick. “My passion for preserving this cornerstone of the American theatre inspired me to envision the rehearsal and prop storage area at the rear of the theatre as the dramatic showcase where over 100 years of our history can be preserved and appreciated for years to come.
Marilynn and her daughter, Kimberly, began the Costume World Broadway Collection in a non-descript warehouse facility located in Pompano Beach in January of 2010. Despite the low-profile location, the Broadway Collection rapidly developed a passionate following that exceeded 20,000 guests with nothing more than a word-of-mouth marketing strategy.
“From the moment we opened the doors to our first guests, our reputation grew beyond our wildest expectations,” said Kimberly Wick, curator of the Costume Museum and frequent docent on the tours. “The support of the community, the charities, the women’s groups and all of the social organizations were the key to our popularity. The obvious love they had for what we had created in this unusual and out-of-the-way place led to a groundswell of support that we could never have anticipated. It convinced us to make this iconic collection available to all of South Florida as well as visitors world-wide. It definitely carried a great deal of weight in our decision to purchase the theatre and move the collection to Boca Raton.”
A visit to the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum will be a guaranteed memorable experience. The incredible display includes wardrobes from such blockbuster productions as The Producers, Titanic, the Sarah Jessica Parker production of Once Upon a Mattress, La Cage aux Folles, The King and I, and the Julie Andrews production of My Fair Lady with original costume designs by the incomparable Sir Cecil Beaton. The museum will showcase 12 permanent exhibits with 8 others rotating through the facility and the theatre throughout the season.
The theatre’s exhibits will reflect the current main stage production at the Wick Theatre, which include a full season of Broadway smash hits, like “White Christmas“, “The Full Monty“, “42nd Street“, “Ain’t Misbehavin“. The costume exhibits come from a vast film and television wardrobe collection, also available for loan from the Costume World vaults. Guests will want to take advantage of the added option of attending a matinee at the Wick Theatre, as part of their museum tour package.
The Costume Museum at the Wick Theatre is located at 7901 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton, Florida. Reservations are required, and can only be made by calling the Museum at 561-994-2333. Docent-led tours generally begin at 11:00 a.m, and are 7 days a week, subject to availability. Tickets for the tour and luncheon are $48 per person; tickets for the tour, luncheon and cabaret show are $58. Packages that include a matinee at the Wick Theatre are $88. For more information, please visit www.thewick.org or call the box office at 561-995-2333.