Unlike anything you have seen before, the Costume Museum at the Wick Theatre is an astounding exhibit of the finest costumes ever brought to the Broadway stage by the most honored and respected designers in the history of the American Musical Theatre. This incredible venue 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.”
HOW IT CAME TO BE
Marilynn and her daughter, Kimberly, began the Costume World Broadway Collection at 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 that 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.”
WHAT TO EXPECT
A visit to the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum will be a guaranteed memorable experience. Presented in a fully inter-active environment, your tour will be led by a knowledgeable and entertaining theatre professional able to give you a remarkable, “up close and personal” look at the costumes for Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Camelot, Dracula, My Fair Lady, and many more. Many of the theatrical costumes you will see on your tour are the original Broadway wardrobes from some of the Great White Way’s most historic productions.
Following your backstage tour, you’ll dine on sumptuous fare at our elegant Tavern Room, a loving homage to the famed Tavern-on-the-Green® complete with the lovely china and crystal from that iconic restaurant and beneath the amber and crystal chandelier that once graced its foyer. You can elect to complete your day with cabaret entertainment provided by one of the many theatre professionals in the Wick organization and an entertaining history of Costume World and the Wick Theatre & Costume Museum generally given by Marilynn or Kimberly Wick. If you want to make a full day of it, there’s still time to catch a matinee of the current production following your luncheon.
IT DOESN’T STOP THERE
The theatre lobby exhibits will be reflective of the current main stage production at the Wick Theatre as well as exhibits from the vast film and television wardrobes available for loan from the Costume World vaults. The exhibits are rotated regularly, so each time you visit, you’ll have some delicious and new eye candy to behold.
HOW TO MAKE RESERVATIONS
Tours of the museum are generally available 7-days a week by appointment only and begin at 11:00 a.m. Individual and group tickets are available. Simply call the box office at 561-995-2333 and one of our associates will be happy to help you make your reservation.